Higher Education?

| October 14, 2010

Title: Higher education? : how colleges are wasting our money and failing our kids–and what we can do about it
Author: Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus
Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2010
Call Number: LA227.4 .H33 2010

From the Publisher:
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.

About the Authors:
Andrew Hacker is the author of the bestselling book Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal, and writes regularly for the New York Review of Books and other publications. He is a professor at Queens College. Claudia Dreifus writes for the “Science Times” section of the New York Times and teaches at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. They live in New York City.

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