"The importance of this topic should be self evident in the United States. We no longer lead the world in terms of the share of our young adults with college degrees. Inequality in educational attainment across groups persists in the United States and the groups that are growing the most rapidly are the groups that are underrepresented in higher education. Tuition levels keep rising at rates that exceed the rate of inflation and we worry that increasing college costs are going to prevent us from improving our educational performance. This book will be an important one."--Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics; Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow; and Director of the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI), Cornell University
About the Author
Kevin Carey is the Policy Director of Education Sector, a think tank in Washington, D.C. He has published articles on education and other topics in magazines including Washington Monthly, The New Republic, The American Prospect, Democracy, and Newsweek. He writes a monthly column for the Chronicle of Higher Education and serves as guest editor of Washington Monthly's annual college issue. He teaches education policy at Johns Hopkins University and has previously worked as Indiana's Assistant State Budget Director as well as senior analyst for the Indiana Senate Finance Committee. His writing was anthologized in Best American Legal Writing 2009.
Mark Schneider is Vice President of the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington D.C., a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a Distinguished Professor of Political Science (emeritus) at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He served as the Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics from 2005-2008. He has published widely in education policy, including his award winning book Choosing Schools (coauthored with Paul Teske and Melissa Marschall, 2000) and Charter Schools: Hope or Hype? (coauthored with Jack Buckley, 2007). His work has appeared in major scholarly journals such as American Political Science Review, American Sociological Review, Public Administration Review, as well as in other media such as Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.