Lower Ed by Tressie McMillan Cottom audiobook

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

By Tressie McMillan Cottom
Read by Lisa Reneé Pitts

Tantor Audio 9781620974384

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665241687

  • ISBN: 9781665241670

  • ISBN: 9781665241694

Runtime: 8.49 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Educational
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

More than two million students are enrolled in for-profit colleges, from the small family-run operations to the behemoths brandished on billboards, subway ads, and late-night commercials. These schools have been around just as long as their bucolic not-for-profit counterparts, yet shockingly little is known about why they have expanded so rapidly in recent years—during the so-called Wall Street era of for-profit colleges.

In Lower Ed Tressie McMillan Cottom—a bold and rising public scholar, herself once a recruiter at two for-profit colleges—expertly parses the fraught dynamics of this big-money industry to show precisely how it is part and parcel of the growing inequality plaguing the country today. McMillan Cottom discloses the shrewd recruitment and marketing strategies that these schools deploy and explains how, despite the well-documented predatory practices of some and the campus closings of others, ending for-profit colleges won't end the vulnerabilities that made them the fastest growing sector of higher education at the turn of the twenty-first century. And she doesn’t stop there.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

With great compassion and analytical rigor, Cottom questions the fundamental narrative of American education policy, that a postsecondary degree always guarantees a better life. New York Times Book Review

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Author

Author Bio: Tressie McMillan Cottom

Author Bio: Tressie McMillan Cottom

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.

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Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Educational
Runtime: 8.49
Audience: Adult
Language: English