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

ISBN-10: 0805087346
ISBN-13: 9780805087345
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 8/3/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Whatrs"s gone wrong at our colleges and universities'”and how to get American higher education back on trackA quarter of a million dollars. Itrs"s the going tab for four years at most top-tier universities. Why does it cost so much and is it worth it?Renowned sociologist Andrew Hacker and New York Times writer Claudia Dreifus make an incisive case that the American way of higher education, now a $420 billion-per-year business, has lost sight of its primary mission: the education of young adults. Going behind the myths and mantras, they probe the true performance of the Ivy League, the baleful influence of tenure, an unhealthy reliance on part-time teachers, and the supersized bureaucracies which now have a life of their own.As Hacker and Dreifus call for a thorough overhaul of a self-indulgent system, they take readers on a road trip from Princeton to Evergreen State to Florida Gulf Coast University, revealing those faculties and institutions that are getting it right and proving that teaching and learning can be achieved'”and at a much more reasonable price.

Introduction: Higher Education?
What Went Wrong?
The World of the Professoriate
Administrative Overload
Contingent Education
Ideals and Illusions
The Golden Dozen
Teaching: Good, Great, Abysmal
The Triumph of Training
Some Immodest Proposals
Why College Costs So Much
Fireproof: The Tangled Issue of Tenure
The Athletics Incubus
Student Bodies
Facing the Future
Visiting the Future in Florida
The College Crucible: Add Students and Stir
Schools We Like-Our Top Ten List
Coda
Sources
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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