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The great mistake : how we wrecked public universities and how we can fix them

Author: Christopher Newfield
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018. ©2016
Series: Critical university studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Johns Hopkins paperback editionView all editions and formats
Higher education in America, still thought to be the world leader, is in crisis. University students are falling behind their international peers in attainment, while suffering from unprecedented student debt. For over a decade, the realm of American higher education has been wracked with self-doubt and mutual recrimination, with no clear solutions on the horizon. How did this happen? In this stunning new book,  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Newfield
ISBN: 9781421427034 1421427036
OCLC Number: 1030899931
Awards: Winner of CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2017 (United States)
Description: xiii, 430 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 21 cm.
Contents: Part 1. Introduction. Holding back public colleges --
The price of privatization --
The devolutionary cycle --
part 2. The eight stages of decline. The university retreat from public goods --
Subsidizing the private sector --
Large, regular tuition hikes --
The states cut public funding --
Increased student debt, college as burden --
Private vendors leverage public funds: the case of the MOOCs --
Unequal funding cuts attainment --
Universities build the post-middle class --
part 3. The recovery cycle --
Reconstructing the public university.
Series Title: Critical university studies.
Responsibility: Christopher Newfield.


A powerful, hopeful critique of the unnecessary death spiral of higher education, The Great Mistake is essential reading for those who wonder why students have been paying more to get less and for  Read more...


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