Higher Education? by Andrew Hacker
How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids---and What We Can Do About It

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Hacker and Dreifus have written a lucid, passionate and wide-ranging book on the state of higher education and what they perceive as its increasing betrayal of its primary mission — for them, the teaching of undergraduates.
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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 Andrew Hacker

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Andrew Hacker is a professor of political science at Queens College in New York. He has written ten books, including the bestselling Two Nations and Money. He lives in New York City.
 
Published August 3, 2010 by Times Books. 303 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Steven Knapp on Nov 15 2010

Hacker and Dreifus have written a lucid, passionate and wide-ranging book on the state of higher education and what they perceive as its increasing betrayal of its primary mission — for them, the teaching of undergraduates.

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