What’s next for our online book club?
After much discussion and many responses following my query, I have decided on…
Sara Goldrick-Rab, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream (publisher; Amazon). This is a new, exciting, and important book for higher education.
From the book’s description:
One of the most sustained and vigorous public debates today is about the value—and, crucially, the price—of college. But an unspoken, outdated assumption underlies all sides of this debate: if a young person works hard enough, they’ll be able to get a college degree and be on the path to a good life.
That’s simply not true anymore, says Sara Goldrick-Rab, and with Paying the Price, she shows in damning detail exactly why. Quite simply, college is far too expensive for many people today, and the confusing mix of federal, state, institutional, and private financial aid leaves countless students without the resources they need to pay for it. Drawing on an unprecedented study of 3,000 young adults who entered public colleges and universities in Wisconsin in 2008 with the support of federal aid and Pell Grants, Goldrick-Rab reveals the devastating effect of these shortfalls.
The book’s subject connects with many themes that we’ve discussed on this blog, on the Future Trends Forum, and through the FTTE report.
Additionally, the author is happy to communicate with us as we read:
So let’s track down copies. I’m downloading the Kindle version and asking the local public library to order one for their collection.
I’ll come up with a reading schedule shortly. Where would you like to discuss Paying the Price: Twitter, this blog, your blog, a Google Doc, or…?
Happy reading, all!