Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids - And What We Can Do about It
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Description: 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.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 8/3/2010
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
|Introduction: Higher Education?|
|What Went Wrong?|
|The World of the Professoriate|
|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|
|Facing the Future|
|Visiting the Future in Florida|
|The College Crucible: Add Students and Stir|
|Schools We Like-Our Top Ten List|