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Higher Education?: How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our…

by Andrew Hacker

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This is a good book to read selectively. While Hacker makes some strong points -- especially about big time college sports -- he jumps around and does not substantiate many of his points fully. ( )
  prepper | Nov 26, 2011 |
Assumes retention is pushed on behalf of the colleges -for income- and not for students. ( )
  pilarflores | Sep 24, 2010 |
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The truth is that this book is short on reasoned analysis and long on animus, directed at elite universities, at administrators, and more than anything else at the “professoriate,” as they call it. Professors are seen on the whole as lazy, self-serving, interested only in sabbaticals, prizing only their own research, and profoundly uninterested in teaching students.
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805087346, Hardcover)

What's gone wrong at our colleges and universities—and how to get American higher education back on track 

A quarter of a million dollars. It'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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Calling for a thorough overhaul of a self-indulgent system, the authors 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. Taking readers on a road trip from Princeton to Evergreen State to Florida Gulf Coast University, Hacker and Dreifus reveal 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.… (more)

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