Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy

Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy

by Tressie McMillan Cottom


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620970607
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 821,511
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tressie McMillan Cottom worked in enrollment at two for-profit colleges. After experiencing the kinds of choices students faced, she left the for-profit educational sector to go study it in graduate school. She is now an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been a columnist for Slate and an online contributor to the Washington Post and The Atlantic , and is quite fond of Dolly Parton, fancy coffee, brunch, nineties hip-hop, bacon, and the Delta blues. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Education Gospel 1

1 The Real 27

2 The Beauty College and the Technical College 41

3 Jesus Is My Backup Plan 69

4 When Higher Education Makes Cents 113

5 Where Credit Is Due 141

6 Credentials, Jobs, and the New Economy 157

Epilogue 179

Acknowledgments 189

Methodological Notes 191

Notes 195

Index 219

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