Thursday, September 5, 2013

College Unbound, by Jeffrey Selingo

The sub-title of Mr. Selingo's book is, "the future of higher education and what it means for students."  It is a broad survey of the topic, focusing on the cost of college for students and their parents, and the potential disruption afforded by online education.

Mr. Selingo touches on the lack of transparency in higher education:  it is difficult for potential enrollees to understand the graduation rates or employment statistics of an particular college program.  Which is kind of like buying a new car with no insight into its fuel economy or safety record.   Except that a four year college costs far more than what the average person would spend on an automobile.

Still, this is only a broad brush view on the topic.  I'm going to try Richard Arum's "Academically Adrift" next, to see if that has more meat on its bones.

College Unbound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students

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