Sunday, July 30, 2017

Lower Ed by Tressie McMillan Cottom

  • THE BOOK
    • Lower Ed: How For-Profit Colleges Deepen Inequality in America by Tressie McMillan Cottom
    • Published January 26, 2016
    • First book by author.

  • THE PREMISE
    • The author, who worked for a time as a counselor at two for-profit colleges, looks at how these schools have become successful often at the expense of their students.
    • Examples of for-profit colleges are University of Phoenix, ITT Technical Institute, DeVry, Kaplan, Capella University, and many, many others.
      • These are not necessarily schools mentioned in the book but are listed here to give you an idea of what types of institutions the author means by "for-profit".
    • The author covers the ways schools help students to enroll for programs and also explains WHY students enroll, especially when the costs are actually comparable to a traditional 4-year state school in many cases.

  • MY THOUGHTS
    • The book is a bit dry with many facts and only a few case studies but is well written.
    • Jobs need workers with higher degrees than just a high school diploma. And now for-profit universities can grant Master's and PhD's! Who knew?
    • The problem with for-profit schools is that they are, well, for-profit. Investors come first, not necessarily students.
      • A small example might be a potential student who signs up for a certificate to become a masseuse, a field that has enough practitioners already so job prospects will be slim. But people get more excited over learning how to give massages and they aren't told about other areas of healthcare hurting for people to fill jobs.
    • Recommended for anyone who has an interest in the topic or for anyone considering attending a for-profit school.
    • ★ ★ ★

1 comment:

  1. I enrolled you into the Masseuse Certificate program at [local for-profit school]. There is at least one opening I know about.

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