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Fall, 2021 - Lower Ed by Tressie McMillan Cottom

                Lower Ed by Tressie McMillan Cottom            "The best book yet on the complex lives and choices of for-profit students."―The New York Times  Book Review

As featured on The Daily Show, NPR's Marketplace, and Fresh Air, the "powerful, chilling tale" (Carol Anderson, author of White Rage) of higher education becoming an engine of social inequality. 

Lower Ed is quickly becoming the definitive book on the fastest-growing sector of higher education at the turn of the twenty-first century: for-profit colleges. With sharp insight and deliberate acumen, Tressie McMillan Cottom―a sociologist who was once a recruiter at two for-profit colleges―expertly parses the fraught dynamics of this big-money industry.

Drawing on more than one hundred interviews with students, employees, executives, and activists, Lower Ed details the benefits, pitfalls, and real costs of the expansion of for-profit colleges. This smart and essential book cuts to the very core of our nation's broken social contracts and the challenges we face in our divided, unequal society.


Availability - Butler Libraries will have copies to check out. The books will also be available on ILL. Amazon has them for $5.00 and up used.

Points - Through participation in this book club, you can earn up to 5 professional development points. 


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