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Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy by [Cottom, Tressie McMillan]
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Editorial Reviews


Praise for Lower Ed:
"The best book yet on the complex lives and choices of for-profit students."
The New York Times Book Review

"Cottom does a good job of making the name Lower Ed stick, and she makes a solid case for reviewing the entire system of higher education for openness of opportunity."
Kirkus Reviews

"In Lower Ed McMillan Cottom is at her very best—rigorous, incisive, empathetic, and witty. . . . Her sharp intelligence, throughout, makes this book compelling, unforgettable, and deeply necessary."
Roxane Gay, author of Difficult Women and Bad Feminist

"Lower Ed is brilliant. It is nuanced, carefully argued, and engagingly written. It is a powerful, chilling tale of what happens when profit-driven privatization of a public good latches on to systemic inequality and individual aspirations."
Carol Anderson, author of White Rage and professor of African American studies at Emory University

"This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the market forces currently transforming higher education. It is an eye-opening portrait of this burgeoning educational sector and the ways in which its rapid expansion is linked to skyrocketing inequality and growing labor precarity in the twenty-first-century United States."
Ruth Milkman, past president of the American Sociological Association

"In a sea of simplistic and often bombastic critiques of American higher education, Tressie McMillan Cottom’s trenchant analysis of Lower Ed stands out. As the Trump administration moves to make life ever easier for the nation’s for-profit colleges, this book offers the most powerful form of resistance—detailed storytelling of the causes and consequences of this big-money industry. Anyone frustrated with high college prices, student debt, or the diminishing sense of hope surrounding so many communities needs to read this book."
Sara Goldrick-Rab, author of Paying the Price and professor of higher education policy at Temple University

"With passion, eloquence, and data too, McMillan Cottom charts the harm we are doing to our youth, to higher education, and to democracy itself."
Cathy N. Davidson, author of Now You See It and founding director of the Futures Initiative at the City University of New York

"[A] profound examination of the role of for-profit colleges in the emerging, ‘new’ American economic landscape. This is the best book I’ve read on for-profit (or shareholder) colleges and universities."
William A. Darity Jr., professor of economics, public policy, and African American studies at Duke University

About the Author

Tressie McMillan Cottom worked in enrollment at two for-profit colleges. After experiencing the kinds of choices students faced, she left the for-profit educational sector to go study it in graduate school. She is now an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been a columnist for Slate and an online contributor to the Washington Post and The Atlantic, and is quite fond of Dolly Parton, fancy coffee, brunch, nineties hip-hop, bacon, and the Delta blues. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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  • File Size: 1111 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The New Press (February 28, 2017)
  • Publication Date: February 28, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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