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Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids---And What We Can Do about It

ISBN-10: 031257343X
ISBN-13: 9780312573430
Edition: N/A
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Description: A quarter of a million dollars. It's the going tab for four years at most top-tier colleges. Why does it cost so much and is it worth it? In this provocative investigation, the renowned sociologist Andrew Hacker and New York Timeswriter Claudia  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 8/2/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

A quarter of a million dollars. It's the going tab for four years at most top-tier colleges. Why does it cost so much and is it worth it? In this provocative investigation, the renowned sociologist Andrew Hacker and New York Timeswriter Claudia Dreifus make an incisive case that the American way of higher educationnow a $420 billion-per-year businesshas lost sight of its primary mission: the education of our young people. They probe the true performance of the Ivy League, the baleful influence of tenure, an unhealthy reliance on part-time teachers, and supersized bureaucracies which now have lives of their own. Hacker and Dreifus take readers from Princeton and Harvard to Evergreen State, revealing those institutions that need to adjust their priorities and others that are getting it right, proving that learning can be achievedand at a much more reasonable price. Higher Education?is a wake-up call and a call to arms.

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