About the Book
From a renowned education writer comes a paradigm-shifting examination of the rapidly changing world of college that every parent, student, educator, and investor needs to understand.
Over the span of just nine months in 2011 and 2012, the world's most famous universities and high-powered technology entrepreneurs began a race to revolutionize higher education. College courses that had been kept for centuries from all but an elite few were released to millions of students throughout the world - for free.
Exploding college prices and a flagging global economy, combined with the derring-do of a few intrepid innovators, have created a dynamic climate for a total rethinking of an industry that has remained virtually unchanged for a hundred years. In The End of College, Kevin Carey, an education researcher and writer, draws on years of in-depth reporting and cutting-edge research to paint a vivid and surprising portrait of the future of education. Carey explains how two trends - the skyrocketing cost of college and the revolution in information technology - are converging in ways that will radically alter the college experience, upend the traditional meritocracy, and emancipate hundreds of millions of people around the world.
Insightful, innovative, and accessible, The End of College is a must-listen and an important contribution to the developing conversation about education in this country.
My Take on the Book
As a college administrator myself this was an interesting "read". I found the book to be one that did not hold a lot of surprises to me. However, I will say that for someone that has not worked in this realm it will be an eye-opening experience. The author has done a great job at laying out many of the challenges and realities of college today. By doing so readers are given the opportunity to make better choices for their college decisions in the future!
You get a bit of higher education history, educational change and reform, as well as the current state on higher education today. All of this and the author's predictions make the read an engaging one!
I have to say that I do not agree with everything that was said, but is more philosophical than anything else.
All-in-all this was an interesting read, and definitely one that will open the eyes of many!
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