Following her lecture at the Overby Center Claudia Dreifus will sign copies of Higher Education at Off Square Books at 5:30 p.m.
Richard's review from Dear Reader:
As American universities have blossomed into major research facilities and dominant economic engines of their regions, developed from once faculty-dominated institutions into bureaucratic corporations with enormous staffs, paying six-figure salaries to attract name figures who have little to no contact with the undergraduate students that these schools were created to serve, the system rightly has come under criticism. In Higher Education? How Our Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids—And What We Can Do About It, Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus launch a bold indictment and lay out compelling arguments for reform. It is their closing chapter, however, that has created the most attention here in Oxford. The authors, one a New York Times science writer and the other a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, point out “Schools We Like—Our Top Ten List,” and who is number one? The University of Mississippi—for good reasons. RH