Are Universities Failing Students?

August 19, 2010

In The New York Times’ Books of the Times section on Aug. 18, Steven Knapp, president of George Washington, reviews the new book Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids — and What We Can Do About It and writes:

Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus have written a lucid, passionate and wide-ranging book on the state of American higher education and what they perceive as its increasing betrayal of its primary mission — for them, the teaching of undergraduates. That both are academics — one a well-known professor (Mr. Hacker) and the other consigned to the adjunct, or what they call “contingent,” faculty (Ms. Dreifus, who is also a frequent contributor to The New York Times) — provides them with memorable, often acerbic anecdotes that neatly offset their citations of statistics and (it must be said) their sometimes rather sweeping generalizations....

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