The American system of higher education boasts some of the best universities, teachers, and students the world has ever seen.
Because of that, millions of students around the globe want nothing more than to attend American universities.
In spite of these superlatives, many of America’s colleges and universities have serious academic, institutional, and other performance problems.
And it’s quickly approaching a crisis point—if it’s not there already.
According to former U.S. Secretary of Education Bill Bennett, author of Is College Worth It?, the crisis has many faces:
For starters, he writes, too much of higher education is wildly expensive. In addition, students often graduate having learned little, or don’t graduate at all. Also they are indoctrinated with liberal politics and subjected to all types of non-academic distractions before earning their degrees.
As the book’s introduction explains in hard, cold truth style:
Total student-loan debt in the United States has surpassed $1 trillion, and there are legitimate fears that it could be the next economic bubble to burst, crushing millions of low-income and middle-class students. In many cases a college diploma no longer guarantees the high-potential lifetime earnings it once did.
For these reasons—despite some excellent colleges and quality programs at many institutions of higher learning—Bennett contends that many students would be better served exploring other educational alternatives.
With writer David Wilezol, Bennett assess the problems of American higher education at various levels and propose serious reforms and alternative methods for improving higher education so that it better serves our students. To that end they include an entire chapter devoted to a dozen less-than-ideal hypothetical scenarios, along with a proposed solution for each.
Check out this video trailer for Is College Worth It?