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

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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 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 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 achieved--and at a much more reasonable price. Higher Education? is a wake-up call and a call to arms.

Author: Andrew Hacker, Claudia Dreifus
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Published: 08/02/2011
Pages: 304
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.61lbs
Size: 8.28h x 5.56w x 0.82d
ISBN13: 9780312573430
ISBN10: 031257343X
BISAC Categories:
- Education | Higher
- Education | Philosophy, Theory & Social Aspects

About the Author

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.