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Fail U. : the false promise of higher education / Charles J. Sykes.

Sykes, Charles J., 1954- author. (Author).
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  • 3 of 5 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch 378.01 SYKES (Text) 33946003135741 New Books . 2nd Floor Checked out 12/12/2016
Mooresville Public Library - Mooresville 378.01 SYK (Text) 37323005274496 NONFIC Available -
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library 378.0109 Sykes (Text) 31208912481985 new non-fiction Checked out 12/23/2016
Spencer County Public Library - Rockport 378 SYK (Text) 70741000140489 Adult Non Fiction Available -
West Lafayette Public Library - West Lafayette 378.010973 SYK (Text) 31951004133374 Main Floor - New Arrivals Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781250071590
  • ISBN: 1250071593
  • Physical Description: 278 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [253]-272) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Part I. I told you so -- Introduction: Scenes from a graduation -- 1. Bursting the college bubble -- 2. Déjà vu: ProfScam twenty-eight years later -- Part II. The college bubble -- 3. The (escalating) flight from teaching -- 4. the reality of academic research -- 5. What do students learn (and does anybody care)? -- 6. the college for all delusion -- Part III. Bloat -- 7. Our bloated colleges -- 8. Academia's edifice bloat -- Part IV. Junk scholarship, hoaxes, and scandals -- 9. Does the Emperor have any clothes? -- 10. A scandal reconsidered -- Part V. Victim U. (trigger warning) -- 11. Grievance U. -- 12. Rape U. -- Part VI. Is this time different? -- 13. Time for a bailout? -- 14. Netflix U. -- 15. Smaller, fewer, less.
Summary, etc.: "The cost of a college degree has increased by 1,125% since 1978 - four times the rate of inflation. Total student debt is $1.3 trillion. Many private universities charge tuitions ranging from $60-70,000 per year. Nearly 2/3 of all college students must borrow to study, and the average student graduates with more than $30,000 in debt. 53% of college graduates under 25 years old are unemployed or underemployed (working part-time or in low-paying jobs that do not require college degrees). Professors - remember them? - rarely teach undergraduates at many major universities. 76% of all university classes are taught by part-time, untenured faculty. In Fail U., Charles J. Sykes asks, "Is it worth it?" With chapters exploring the staggering costs of a college education, the sharp decline in tenured faculty and teaching loads, the explosion of administrator jobs, the grandiose building plans (gyms, food courts, student recreation centers), and the hysteria surrounding the "epidemic" of campus rapes, "triggers," "micro-aggressions," and other forms of alleged trauma, Fail U. concludes by offering a different vision of higher education; one that is affordable, more productive, and better-suited to meet the needs of a diverse range of students. Provocative, persuasive, clear-eyed, and even amusing, Fail U. strips the academic emperor of its clothes to reveal the American university system as it really is - and how it must change"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Education, Higher > Aims and objectives > United States.
Education, Higher > Social aspects > United States.
College costs > United States.
Educational change > United States.

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