Fail U. by Charles J. Sykes
The False Promise of Higher Education

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...Sykes largely ignores the overall political economic context to which the academy, like all other institutions under globalization, has had to adapt. Maybe his next book should be Corporate U, wherein he would be forced to examine the larger structural reasons...
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The cost of a college degree has increased by 1,125% since 1978—four times the rate of inflation. Total student debt has surpassed $1.3 trillion. Nearly two thirds of all college students must borrow to study, and the average student graduates with more than $30,000 in debt. Many college graduates under twenty-five years old are unemployed or underemployed. And professors—remember them?—rarely teach undergraduates at many major universities, instead handing off their lecture halls to cheaper teaching assistants.
So, is it worth it? That’s the question Charles J. Sykes attempts to answer in Fail U., exploring the staggering costs of a college education, the sharp decline in tenured faculty and teaching loads, the explosion of administrative jobs, the grandiose building plans, and the utter lack of preparedness for the real world that many now graduates face. Fail U. offers a different vision of higher education; one that is affordable, more productive, and better-suited to meet the needs of a diverse range of students—and one that will actually be useful in their future careers and lives.

 

About Charles J. Sykes

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CHARLES J. SYKES is a radio talk show host at WTMJ radio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a columnist who has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today and the CNI Newspapers chain, and a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute. The author of five previous books: A Nation of Victims, Dumbing Down Our Kids, Profscam, The End of Privacy, and 50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School, he lives in Wisconsin.
 
Published August 9, 2016 by St. Martin's Press. 289 pages
Genres: . Non-fiction
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on May 18 2016

Though Sykes’ Limbaugh-esque project scores some good points along the way, his shrill denunciations don’t get at the core of the real problem or at a solution.

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Reviewed by Marilyn Gates on Aug 15 2016

...Sykes largely ignores the overall political economic context to which the academy, like all other institutions under globalization, has had to adapt. Maybe his next book should be Corporate U, wherein he would be forced to examine the larger structural reasons...

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