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"Every single high school student (and her parents) should be required to read this book before applying to college." - Seth Godin, Author, Meatball Sundae

"If you're considering college - or sending a child to college - this is the book you have to read first!" - Thom Hartmann, Nationally syndicated radio talk-show host

"The cost of college is skyrocketing. Students are increasingly getting into hock - at rates they can't afford - just to pay their bills. No Sucker Left Behind is a must-read manual that tells us about this pernicious debt trap and what we can do about it." - Danny Schechter, Director, IN DEBT WE TRUST

"Every student and parent needs to read this book. I wish my son had read it before he went to college." -- Janne O'Donnell, Board of Directors, Americans for Fairness in Lending

About the Author

Dr. Scheer holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. He has worked as a psychotherapist, career counselor, teaching assistant, and manager of educational research projects.
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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567513786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567513783
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,434,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Loyd Eskildson HALL OF FAME on June 25, 2009
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College is supposed to be an investment that guarantees a student's success - but this is no longer true. More than one out of three recent (2004) college graduates have jobs that don't require a college degree. Also, in 2004, more than one million college graduates were unemployed. The result is that the average high-school-only graduate has more money than the average college graduate for about the first 15 years after high school.

Colleges have found sports program success linked to increased enrollment - thus, athletic empires are not built just to appease alumni. Scheer also points out high marketing and salary expenses incurred by supposedly penny-pinching colleges. Revenues are further boosted by lots of extra fees - eg. parking. Savings do occur, however. Many professors don't teach (doing research) and are replaced in classrooms by graduate assistants, groundskeepers etc. are low-paid, and class size sometimes exceed 200. Meanwhile, revenues are further aided by numerous useless "requirements" courses.

"Faculty research" (economist Richard Vedder even suggests that professors are spending less time on both teaching and research work) is the reason given for much of the college cost escalation - news articles about contributing to medical research and NASA trips are favorite public relation tools. Scheer, on the other hand, provides compelling evidence that most "research" is of little/no value. More than 9 out of 10 arts and humanities research articles, half of those in the social sciences, and even 2 out of 10 in the sciences are NOT cited by other researchers within five years after they're published. (Science, 2/9/1991; 1/4/1991) Many other research studies receive such little respect they're never published.
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I would agree with an earlier comment that this book's title doesn't do its author, the text or readers justice. There is a gimmick undercurrent inherent in the title; however, once readers open the book I think they would be amazed at the breadth and quality of reasearch demonstrated to provide readers with such valuable and practical information.
Even though I feel the author's tone is hawkish, this should not distract the reader from the cost-saving tips and hindsight information that Scheer makes available. Every high school advisor needs this book, and most parents and college candidates should review this material before they get the wool pulled over them.
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This is an excellent book that makes you think of college education in a whole new way. There is tremendous value to be obtained by going to college, but the days of investing in a college degree at any cost should be ending. The author shows the true cost of a college education, traps to avoid when deciding where to go, and how to get the most out of college.

Given the amount of money parents are saving and the amount of debt students are going into, I am surprised there aren't more books like this written. I'd recommend this to any parent or student that plans on going to college - you might not agree with everything in it, but the book will get you to open your eyes a bit.
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I am not pleased with the title of Mr. Scheer's book. I do not feel it reflects the quality and usefulness of this valuable resource. I found the text to be well-written and quite interesting. It opened my eyes to what our colleges and universities are doing to basically rip us off. My son just entered a university and I will use No Sucker Left Behind as a guide to all the methods and schemes employed by our system of higher education to squeeze every last dollar out of us.
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A must read for all high school juniors and seniors.
I wish this book or one like it was available for me when I was a high school junior or senior.
At least, I was smart enough and lucky enough not to have to take out any loans to go to college.
But I wish I had skipped college all together.
And saved myself five years wasted on a piece of useless paper.
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I read this book as a 30-something and I still felt that it was pertinent. Colleges have no morality when it comes to reaping profits from our nations most vulnerable citizens. If you know someone that is planning on going to college, they must read this book to know what they are up against. It will assist any student in avoiding the scams that colleges engage in to get more money from them all. We trust colleges, and after this book... I realized that we shouldn't. They are corporations, multi-million dollar corporations, with customers. That is the end of the story. Be an educated consumer, and make sure your child is educated too. And I don't mean a 4 year degree!
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This is an incredibly well researched and documented book, and what I enjoyed so much about it is that it is written in clear, understandable and powerful language. The author does not hide behind a facade of "objective scholarship" and does not obfuscate his material in academic gibberish. I feel like the author has taken sides here and he had chosen to air dirty laundry in aid of helping students and parents combat what they face up against the higher educational complex. The author has done an exceptional job of revealing the code words used by higher education to hoodwink naive, uninformed and trusting students and parents and has dissected the prevalent and self-serving myths that higher education capitalizes and coast on.

I applaud his candor, something tells me this book is written from the heart, that he was burned himself (see that he's got a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology) and actually has integrity in service to students, not the institution itself. Make no mistake, there is indeed a sharp conflict of interest between the needs of the students and the aims of the university. I feel that I can comment on this, for I have worked as an academic advisor for over a decade at five different institutions and have seen the exact same patterns and methods exposed by the author at every school. This isn't a case of a few bad apples, the entire orchard has been contaminated. By what? By substituting a business model for an educational model, making the key aim maximizing profits/increasing revenue streams, centralized control, and economic efficiency. He compares higher education to a used car lot, and I think that's quite accurate, but perhaps a better institutional comparison is that of the casino.
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