Excerpt from Making College Right: Chapter 2, Ranking Colleges
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(Back cover) American higher education is in a state of disarray, and in some ways downright dysfunction. There are major problems that need to be fixed: skyrocketing tuition, mania over college rankings, the crass commercialism of big-time sports, controversial admissions preferences for certain groups, a basic liberal arts curriculum that fails to do its job and increasingly shifts the responsibility to high schools, to name only some. Yet the powers in control — colleges nationwide, along with U.S. NEWS magazine, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the College Board — refuse to make essential changes in the system. Instead they offer a facade of rationalizations and misinformation to justify unsound practices.
Making College Right confronts this situation through a hard-hitting but fair-minded analysis that highlights what's wrong and why, and suggests solutions that are unorthodox but practical. The author, William Casement, is both a professional philosopher and a successful businessman whose perspective is unique. He interrogates the public persona of the higher education establishment and cuts through the spin to expose the underlying confusion, then applies common sense principles for setting our nation's colleges on a proper course.