Lower Ed: How For-Profit Colleges Deepen Inequality in America

Lower Ed How For Profit Colleges Deepen Inequality in America Despite the celebrated history of not for profit institutions of higher education today than million students are enrolled in for profit colleges such as ITT Technical Institute the University of

  • Title: Lower Ed: How For-Profit Colleges Deepen Inequality in America
  • Author: Tressie McMillan Cottom
  • ISBN: 9781620970607
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Despite the celebrated history of not for profit institutions of higher education, today than 2 million students are enrolled in for profit colleges such as ITT Technical Institute, the University of Phoenix, and others Yet little is known about why for profits have expanded so quickly and even less about how the power and influence of this big money industry impactDespite the celebrated history of not for profit institutions of higher education, today than 2 million students are enrolled in for profit colleges such as ITT Technical Institute, the University of Phoenix, and others Yet little is known about why for profits have expanded so quickly and even less about how the power and influence of this big money industry impact individual lives Lower Ed, the first book to link the rapid expansion of for profit degrees to America s increasing inequality, reveals the story of an industry that exploits the pain, desperation, and aspirations of the most vulnerable and exposes the conditions that allow for profit education to thrive.Tressie McMillan Cottom draws on her personal experience as a former counselor at two for profit colleges and dozens of interviews with students, senior executives, and activists to detail how these schools have become so successful and to decipher the benefits, credentials, pitfalls, and real costs of a for profit education By humanizing the hard choices about school and survival that millions of Americans face, Lower Ed nimbly parses the larger forces that deliver some of us to Yale and others to For Profit U in an office park off Interstate 10.

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