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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, editor at large of the Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that America’s higher education system is broken. The great credentials race has turned universities into big businesses and fostered an environment where middle-tier colleges can command elite university-level tuitions while concealing staggeringly low graduation rates and churning out students 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. One thing is certain: the class of 2020 will have a radically different college experience than their parents had.
Incisive, urgent, and controversial, College (Un)bound is a must-listen for prospective students, parents, and anyone concerned with the future of American higher education.
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By EmilyK on 08-08-15
Interesting anecdotes but unclear thesis
This was not my favorite narrator. It worked better for me at 1.25x speed.
That said, the information was fairly well-presented and interesting, especially the anecdotes. I think I would have preferred an abridged version that would have given me the highlights. At times the text seemed repetitive.
I also found his thesis hard to detect – sometimes he seemed to be arguing for online learning and giving credit for real world experience, other times he was lauding the liberal arts college experience as the best way for many kids to mature and broaden. I wasn’t clear exactly what he thought the colleges of the future would be like, and if they covered all the options he described, whether it would exacerbate class differences.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By R. Pontiflet on 05-24-14
The Future is on the Horizon
The future of college education seems to be on the horizon for some and already here for many others. I have listen to this book once and on my second listen because the information is critical for my family's teens and 'tweens to know now. The future of college education seems to be in "online courses" or a combination of online and on campus, which means less money spent and to some extent, the best education that money can buy. Some of the Ivy League colleges and universities are getting on the bandwagon even though they continue to tout the physical campus as the best "experience" for the student.
According to this author, some colleges and universities are holding on to the "status quo" because their jobs are on the line. I liked what this author had to say and he gave plenty of supportive evidence to backup his premise.
Fred Stella's narration is a good fit for the material... his voice and tone keeps your head in the book. A good read for anybody who is interested in the future of college degrees: i.e., the bachelor's degree is now the high school diploma and the ph.d is becoming the master's degree! So, how does a student standout from the crowd of bachelor's or master's degrees? The author had a couple of suggestions on that too. Good info.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful