Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream

Suzanne Mettler (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$27.99
Publisher
Basic Books
Publish Date
March 11, 2014
Pages
261
Dimensions
6.2 X 1.1 X 9.4 inches | 1.05 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780465044962
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About the Author

Suzanne Mettler is Alumni Associate Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, at Syracuse University. She is the author of the prize-winning Dividing Citizens.

Reviews

Thomas E. Mann, author of "It's Even Worse Than It Looks"
""Degrees of Inequality" is a trenchant analysis of how our severely dysfunctional politics has undermined one of the foundational pillars of the American Dream. Mettler powerfully and convincingly demonstrates how partisan polarization and plutocratic biases have shaped higher education policy in recent years and why reform is so urgent. An engaging and essential read for citizens and policymakers alike."

Thomas B. Edsall, Columbia University, author of "The Age of Austerity"
"Suzanne Mettler's "Degrees of Inequality" reveals why American higher education is no longer the great equalizer. Instead of providing an avenue to opportunity and advancement, American colleges, especially burgeoning for-profit schools, are contributing to mounting inequality, reinforcing rather than breaking class divisions. The for-profit schools are corrupting the system by syphoning off federal resources and leaving many of the students worse off, burdened by debt and lacking a degree. Mettler's important book documents the destructive forces in higher education, forces fostered and nurtured by a Congress that has abdicated responsibility to insure the strength of this country's most important engine of social mobility."



"Publishers Weekly" (Starred Review)
"The long-running debate on higher education in America is masterfully served by Cornell political scientist Mettler's carefully researched study, which roams between history, polemic, and analysis with aplomb while championing the positive legacy of equal opportunity in education."
"Kirkus Reviews" (Starred Review)
"Mettler delivers a broadside to for-profit universities and the politics that enrich them. The author spent eight years researching and writing her withering attack, and her data is devastating.... A thorough and deeply troubling analysis of a quiet but ominous threat to democracy."
"Booklist"
"Reform is past due, and Mettler's well-researched book needs to fall into the hands of those who will read, heed, and rally for change."
Thomas E. Mann, author of "It's Even Worse Than It Looks"
""Degrees of Inequality" is a trenchant analysis of how our severely dysfunctional politics has undermined one of the foundational pillars of the American Dream. Mettler powerfully and convincingly demonstrates how partisan polarization and plutocratic biases have shaped higher education policy in recent years and why reform is so urgent. An engaging and essential read for citizens and policymakers alike."
Thomas B. Edsall, Columbia University, author of "The Age of Austerity"
"Suzanne Mettler's "Degrees of Inequality" reveals why American higher education is no longer the great equalizer. Instead of providing an avenue to opportunity and advancement, American colleges, especially burgeoning for-profit schools, are contributing to mounting inequality, reinforcing rather than breaking class divisions. The for-profit schools are corrupting the system by syphoning off federal resources and leaving many of the students worse off, burdened by debt and lacking a degree. Mettler's important book documents the destructive forces in higher education, forces fostered and nurtured by a Congress that hasa
"Washington Post"
"[A] provocative new book.... Mettler argues that this drift in public policy over the past quarter-century -- in Washington and in statehouses -- has exacerbated gaps between the haves and the have-nots, undermining the ideal of college as an engine of upward social mobility."
"Publishers Weekly" (Starred Review)
"The long-running debate on higher education in America is masterfully served by Cornell political scientist Mettler's carefully researched study, which roams between history, polemic, and analysis with aplomb while championing the positive legacy of equal opportunity in education."
"Kirkus Reviews" (Starred Review)
"Mettler delivers a broadside to for-profit universities and the politics that enrich them. The author spent eight years researching and writing her withering attack, and her data is devastating.... A thorough and deeply troubling analysis of a quiet but ominous threat to democracy."
"Library Journal" (Starred Review)
"[A] timely and thorough discussion of unequal access to higher education.... This work is essential for students of programs in higher education policy, government, and political science as well as anyone interested in the current state of higher education."
"Booklist"
"Reform is past due, and Mettler's well-researched book needs to fall into the hands of those who will read, heed, and rally for change."
Thomas E. Mann, author of "It's Even Worse Than It Looks"
""Degrees of Inequality" is a trenchant analysis of how our severely dysfunctional politics has undermined one of the foundational pillars of the American Dream. Mettler powerfully and convincingly demonstrates how partisan polarization and plutocratic biases have shaped higher education policy in recent years and why reform is so urgent. An engaging and essential read for citizens and policymakers alike."
Thomas B. Edsall, Columbia University, author of "The Age of Austerity"
"Suzanne Mettler
Gary Rivlin, "New York Times Book Review"
"We're having the wrong conversation about higher education in our country. So argues Suzanne Mettler in her provocative new book.... [A] thoroughly researched argument that leaves one both a little bit smarter about how politics work in this country and also very worried about a college and university system so clearly in crisis."
"Washington Post"
"[A] provocative new book.... Mettler argues that this drift in public policy over the past quarter-century -- in Washington and in statehouses -- has exacerbated gaps between the haves and the have-nots, undermining the ideal of college as an engine of upward social mobility."
"Times Higher Education"
"Mettler brings a fresh and original analysis to bear."
"Publishers Weekly" (Starred Review)
"The long-running debate on higher education in America is masterfully served by Cornell political scientist Mettler's carefully researched study, which roams between history, polemic, and analysis with aplomb while championing the positive legacy of equal opportunity in education."
"Kirkus Reviews" (Starred Review)
"Mettler delivers a broadside to for-profit universities and the politics that enrich them. The author spent eight years researching and writing her withering attack, and her data is devastating.... A thorough and deeply troubling analysis of a quiet but ominous threat to democracy."
"Library Journal" (Starred Review)
"[A] timely and thorough discussion of unequal access to higher education.... This work is essential for students of programs in higher education policy, government, and political science as well as anyone interested in the current state of higher education."
"Booklist"
"Reform is past due, and Mettler's well-researched book needs to fall into the hands of those who will read, heed, and rally for change."
Thomas E. Mann, author of "It's Even Worse Than It Looks"
""Degrees of Inequality" is a trenchant analysis of how our severely dysfunctional politics has undermined one of the foundational pillars of the American Dream. Mettler powerfully and convincingly demonstrates how partisan polarization and plutocratic biases have shaped higher education policy in recent years and why reform is so urgent. An engaging and essential read for citizens and policymakers alike."
Thomas B. Edsall, Columbia University, author of "The Age of Austerity"
"Suzanne Mettler's "Degrees of Inequality" reveals why American higher education is no longer the great equalizer. Instead of providing an avenue to opportunity and advancement, American colleges, especially burgeoning for-profit schools, are contributing to mounting inequality, reinforcing rather than breaking class divisions. The for-profit schools are corrupting the system by syphoning off federal resources and leaving many of the students worse off, burdened by debt and lacking a degree. Mettler's important book documents the destructive forces in higher education, forces fostered and nurtured by a Congress that has abdicated responsibility to ensure the strength of this country's most important engine of social mobility."

Gary Rivlin, "New York Times Book Review"
We re having the wrong conversation about higher education in our country. So argues Suzanne Mettler in her provocative new book.... [A] thoroughly researched argument that leaves one both a little bit smarter about how politics work in this country and also very worried about a college and university system so clearly in crisis.
"Washington Post"
"[A] provocative new book.... Mettler argues that this drift in public policy over the past quarter-century in Washington and in statehouses has exacerbated gaps between the haves and the have-nots, undermining the ideal of college as an engine of upward social mobility.
Andrew Delbanco, "New York Review of Books"
[A] valuable book.... Mettler tells hair-raising stories about telemarketers who prey on prospective students with misleading promises, and are then rewarded with bonuses or free vacations if they reach enrollment quotas.
"Times Higher Education"
Mettler brings a fresh and original analysis to bear.
"Publishers Weekly" (Starred Review)
The long-running debate on higher education in America is masterfully served by Cornell political scientist Mettler s carefully researched study, which roams between history, polemic, and analysis with aplomb while championing the positive legacy of equal opportunity in education.
"Kirkus Reviews" (Starred Review)
Mettler delivers a broadside to for-profit universities and the politics that enrich them. The author spent eight years researching and writing her withering attack, and her data is devastating. A thorough and deeply troubling analysis of a quiet but ominous threat to democracy.
"Library Journal" (Starred Review)
[A] timely and thorough discussion of unequal access to higher education.... This work is essential for students of programs in higher education policy, government, and political science as well as anyone interested in the current state of higher education.
"Booklist"
Reform is past due, and Mettler s well-researched book needs to fall into the hands of those who will read, heed, and rally for change.
Thomas E. Mann, author of "It s Even Worse Than It Looks"
"Degrees of Inequality" is a trenchant analysis of how our severely dysfunctional politics has undermined one of the foundational pillars of the American Dream. Mettler powerfully and convincingly demonstrates how partisan polarization and plutocratic biases have shaped higher education policy in recent years and why reform is so urgent. An engaging and essential read for citizens and policymakers alike.
Thomas B. Edsall, Columbia University, author of "The Age of Austerity"
Suzanne Mettler s "Degrees of Inequality" reveals why American higher education is no longer the great equalizer. Instead of providing an avenue to opportunity and advancement, American colleges, especially burgeoning for-profit schools, are contributing to mounting inequality, reinforcing rather than breaking class divisions. The for-profit schools are corrupting the system by syphoning off federal resources and leaving many of the students worse off, burdened by debt and lacking a degree. Mettler s important book documents the destructive forces in higher education, forces fostered and nurtured by a Congress that has abdicated responsibility to ensure the strength of this country s most important engine of social mobility.
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