The Book

Our book is targeted at students, parents, and educators seeking an interactive evidence-based approach on how to effectively utilize college resources and experiences as holistic investment towards intellectual and professional development.

Is College a Lousy Investment? engages a variety of concerns about the value and cost of a college education from an interdisciplinary perspective. The volume illustrates how the idea of college as investment is problematic and provides different perspectives, possibilities, and practices for students seeking to get the most out of their college years.  Rather than viewing college and the unique challenges college students face in the twenty-first century as intractable, this volume is important because it provides a rebuttal to the growing body of college crisis literature but also recommendations to students on how best negotiate the challenges of a globally competitive academic environment.  

There are several important reasons for writing this work.  Firstly, in recent years there has been an increase in the number of works written about the crisis in higher education from the perspective of business interests, political governance, and higher education leadership. Goldie Blumenstyk’s American Higher Education in Crisis (2014), Kevin Carey’s End of College (2015), and the critically acclaimed Academically Adrift by Richard Arum and Josipa Roska (2011) have presented and addressed key concerns but  but as readers, teachers, and authors we have read many of these works and found that few adequately address the framework of how students perceive what college will deliver them in relationship to what it was designed to provide.