College (Un)bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students

College (Un)bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students

by Jeffrey J. Selingo
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College (Un)bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students by Jeffrey J. Selingo

What is the value of a college degree? The four-year college experience is as American as apple pie. So is the belief that higher education offers a ticket to a better life. But with student-loan debt surpassing the $1 trillion mark and unemployment of college graduates at historic highs, people are beginning to question that value. In College (Un)bound, Jeffrey J. Selingo argues that America’s higher education system is broken. The great credential race has turned universities into big business and fostered an environment where middle-tier colleges can command elite university-level tuition while concealing staggeringly low graduation rates, churning out graduates with few of the skills needed for a rapidly evolving job market. Selingo not only turns a critical eye on the current state of higher education but also predicts how technology will transform it for the better. Free massive online open courses (MOOCs) and hybrid classes, adaptive learning software, and the unbundling of traditional degree credits will increase access to high-quality education regardless of budget or location and tailor lesson plans to individual needs. Incisive, urgent, and controversial, College (Un)bound is a must-read for prospective students, parents, and anyone concerned with the future of American higher education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544027077
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Pages: 238
Sales rank: 665,356
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

JEFFREY J. SELINGO is the leading authority on higher education worldwide and editor at large for The Chronicle of Higher Education. He frequently speaks before national higher-education groups and appears regularly on regional and national radio and television programs, including NPR, PBS, ABC, MSNBC, and CBS. His writing on higher education and technology has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post. The National Magazine Awards, Education Writers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Associated Press have recognized him for his work. He is a senior fellow at Education Sector, an independent education policy think tank.

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College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Grabem More than 1 year ago
Excellent optimism for the future and growth of educational opportunities in the future of education innovation! Selingo clarifies some of the confusion regarding financial aid, federal  and state funding, privately subsidized education loans, and other financial options that sometimes add up to overwhelming debt. Selingo shows which data outcomes are strong successes and which resulted in epic failures. By detailing and explaining the shifting paradigms of education, Selingo clarifies how innovative programs with Hybrid educational systems will forever change perspectives on how learning is executed. Further, these new programs offer a possible cost solution for young people, as well as people already in the workforce, to learn the skills they need and build upon existing skills for success in the workplace. Well detailed, clear, concise, and not cluttered with technical or difficult language, Selingo's text is an enlightening read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Takes a bias and sticks with it. Higher education for this guy is terrible and will not exist in the future. The coverage is superficial and only focuses on sources that agree with his bias. Don't bother . . . Read Boc instead.