Orville Jenkins's Reviews > Is College Worth It?: A Former United States Secretary of Education and a Liberal Arts Graduate Expose the Broken Promise of Higher Education

Is College Worth It? by William J. Bennett
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it was amazing

Controlling Cost and Quality of Higher Education

Bennett focuses on the high and still-rising cost of college and university education in the USA. He analyzes factors and details the commercialization and marketing of education even by traditional universities.

He surveys the recent development of for-profit educational companies, and compares offerings and results, as well as costs of these two approaches to education. Along with this he looks at scholarship and government subsidized loan assistance for higher education, showing alarming trends that put graduates deep into debt, in most cases without the prospects promised for job placement.

Additionally he outlines new alternative approaches to education and training in free or low-cost alternatives, and the growing trend toward certification in non-traditional approaches, in direct cooperation with companies and industries. These promising new approaches are growing in popularity, and Bennett reports high standards and very high students/learner satisfaction and good placement in career paths now harder to find in traditional high-cost educational approaches.

Bennett includes a set of scenarios, with advice on how to proceed and decide. He closes with an excellent categorized descriptive directory of free or low-cost high-quality alternatives for current education, called “Schools Worth Attending.”

This was an informative and encouragement assessment from Bennett, a former Secretary of Education and leader of many educational and social ventures over the years.
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February 5, 2018 – Started Reading
February 10, 2018 – Finished Reading
February 14, 2018 – Shelved

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