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Change.edu: Rebooting for the New Talent Economy Hardcover – October 18, 2011
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“Presently, this may be the subject of snide editorials and contemptuous hearings, but Rosen envisions a day when for-profit learning centers step up and fill the education gap much in the same way “land grant” and community colleges did in years past. The alternative, he fears, spells trouble for American supremacy in education.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Andrew Rosen has written a great new book on higher education in America, Change.edu: Rebooting for the New Talent Economy. It is provocative, insightful, and mostly correct. Yet, I predict, it will be largely ignored by the higher-education community.” —Richard Vedder, Innovations blog for The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Americans know that our primary and secondary schools are woefully under-performing but believe our colleges and universities are second to none. Andy Rosen blows a big hole in that belief, showing that, just when we need to grow the number of students getting a high-quality post-secondary education, our state universities are in financial distress and our private schools are quickly becoming too costly for all but the wealthy. This is a must-read book for those who care about fixing our nation's higher education problems before they become intractable." —Former New York City Schools Chancellor, Joel Klein
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The author of this book is Chairman and CEO of Kaplan, Inc, the parent company of a for-profit university, Kaplan University. As you might expect, he makes a case that colleges such as the one he runs ARE good for the country; that they make education accessible to non-traditional students at less overall cost, and make a big contribution to the national goal of a more educated population. The students they attract are typically lower-income, older people who may be working full-time and have spouses and children, whose focus is on getting a better job with more pay. Rosen says colleges like Kaplan deliver, providing the kind of skills that employers are looking for.
I found this book to be very well written and remarkably balanced in its presentation, and I learned some things I didn't realize about how American institutions of higher learning are financed. Even with the exorbitant tuition charged today, these payments are just a small part of the real cost. I didn't realize how much of the funding for public colleges comes from the government, directly, not just through student loans...and how fragile this funding can be. During hard times, when more people turn to educational institutions to improve their job skills, these colleges often have fewer slots for new students.
The heavily endowed, high-prestige private universities don't worry about whether they can take more students. They only want the cream of the crop of young people just coming out of high school.Read more ›
NONE of this takes away from the important messages in this book. In fact, Rosen has been in a unique position to see the gaps between what students want - and need - to learn versus what is offered to them. In particular, lower income students have less access to an education which allows them a chance at actual employment. With limited finances, are they forced to work at inadequate jobs, poorly paid, for a lifetime? In addition to this, Rosen reveals how supposedly "affordable" colleges are raising tuition and other expenses by trying to compete with the most expensive colleges. Do these universities really need non-academic luxuries to draw students? Shouldn't they be allocating the lion's share of their funds towards better educational programs and top college professors?
That is a major focus of this book and I also found the section on the histories of Cornell, Purdue, etc to be fascinating. They were formed when a higher education was not taken for granted and only a relatively small percentage of the population went to college. How they have evolved and affected so many other colleges! Rosen's book is a call to action and a chance for readers to think about the true mission of a quality education.
Whether students study online or not, the points made by the author are valid.Read more ›
Rosen begins with a tour of today's conventional college landscape. Many schools have become obsessed with Ivy League prestige, attempting to match Harvard in research, teaching, and gravitas. Yet no American school can match Harvard's multi-billion-dollar endowment or nearly four centuries of history. So other universities find end runs to boost various rankings, including accouterments that contribute little to education.
Too many schools, especially private non-profits and Division I state universities, compete on amenities rather than academics. The surge in colleges has not improved the student pool, and there's no prestige margin in remedial liberal arts. So top universities become luxury resorts, without improving learning. Schools compete on athletic programs that bleed money, dorm and dining facilities that practically deserve Michelin stars, and recreational facilities that only attract teenagers who don't need to work.
In reaction against this trend, the free market has responded with private, for-profit universities, like Rosen's own Kaplan. The rise of these schools, which currently outpaces conventional ecucation, has earned the ire of the old guard. Yet these schools meet a real need. Since they're primarily trade schools, they benefit from teaching by working professionals in the field.Read more ›
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A sobering look at where the real costs of education are being incurred...and they aren't where they need to be to save a broken system. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gail R. Meneley
A MUST READ for anyone with an opinion on education - particularly "for Profit education"Published 7 months ago by Keith Winn
I feel sorry for anybody who buys this book expecting that the author actually cares about bettering education and not simply fattening his own pocket. Mr. Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by Amazon Customer
That system of education will be based on paying too much money for poorly treated or non-existant teachers and receiving a worse education because the company you paid to teach... Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Theremin
This book is clearly an attempt by Andrew Rosen to justify the actions he takes as a CEO for his own profit against the best interests of his workforce, the teachers, and his... Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Reader157
This reads like a justification for for-profit education, but without a compelling, data-backed research foundation. I feel cheated for my investment of time and money.Published on December 3, 2012 by Joyce
I found Mr. Rosen book both insightful and thought provoking. In his book, Mr. Rosen highlights what he believes are some of the drawbacks and challenges facing both non-profit... Read morePublished on August 15, 2012 by Amir
Mr. Rosen is the CEO of a for-profit education company that was found guilty by the department of education of illicit recruitment practices and is currently being sued by former... Read morePublished on July 9, 2012 by NO KAP
This book seems to be directed toward the general public and those in the higher education sector. For example, it predicts how education in 25 years will be different from the... Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by Lance M. Foster