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Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk

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Two decades ago A Nation at Risk sounded a national alarm on K-12 education. Now, an equally urgent alarm is being sounded for higher education in America. In Declining by Degrees, leading authors and educators such as Tom Wolfe, Jim Fallows, and Jay Mathews provide us with a valuable understanding of the serious issues facing colleges today, such as budget cuts, grade inf ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published June 1st 2005)
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Lauren
Jun 03, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of essays about the state of higher education in America, it is simultaneously fascinating and depressing. The essays in the middle of the book were the strongest for me, and while a few of them came up short (in particular, one discussing diversity in higher education turned what I believe is a class issue into a racial one - while closely linked, I continue to dislike this tendency to confuse race and class issues as it hurts the very people these discussions and distinctions are ...more
Scott
Jul 02, 2007 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well articulated articles on the challenges of higher education in the 21st century. Great article by Frank Deford on athletics and Murray Sperber on professorializing to a class of 600 students.
Jon
Jul 29, 2008 Jon rated it it was amazing
Excellent (if depressing) account of higher education in the United States.
Diane
A provocative conversations starter
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