The College Dropout Scandal


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.2 X 0.8 X 9.3 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

David Kirp is a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, a contributing writer at The New York Times, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as a member of the National Academy of Education. His most recent book, Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a GreatAmerican School System and a Strategy for America's Schools, was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Book Award by the American Educational Research Association. He served on President Obama's education policy team during the 2008 transition.


"This powerful book beautifully merges data and anecdote to explain that for far too many, college is not a gateway, but a trap. We as a society can and must do better, and The College Dropout Scandal shows us how." --Wes Moore, bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore, and CEO of Robin Hood

"Mr. Kirp, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, rather than rehearse these perennial problems, helpfully focuses on success stories...We can argue about whose fault it is that so many students are unprepared for college. Ultimately, though, as Mr. Kirp's illuminating analysis suggests: If a school admits them, it should do more to help them earn a degree, whatever it's worth." -- The Wall Street Journal

"This comprehensive work would pair well with Todd Ruecker and others' Retention, Persistence, and Writing Programs, which focuses on writing programs while also emphasizing the importance of community and a growth mind-set. Kirp's in-depth assessment is recommended for readers interested in student retention, student services and support, and academic culture." --Library Journal

"David Kirp reveals higher education's dirty little secret-that 40 percent of college freshmen never make it to commencement, and many of these dropouts are worse off than if they hadn't started college because they have a pile of debt and feel like failures. He also provides common-sense solutions to this-there's no other word for it-scandal. A timely and hugely important book." --Robert B. Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy, University of California Berkeley, and author of The Common Good

"While The College Dropout Scandal highlights a painful truth in higher education, the central message of the book is one of hope: colleges and universities can do more to help their students succeed. By detailing best practices developed at a range of institutions, David Kirp offers an inspiring account that provides a true sense of what is possible." --Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

"David Kirp gives a spellbinding account of courageous universities that aggressively addressed the dropout problem -and he provides important insights into the principles they used to do it." --Carol Dweck, Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology, Stanford University, and author of Mindset

"David Kirp has written a superb book on the college dropout scandal. Too often the focus is only on access and financial aid. Kirp presses for a revolution in prioritizing graduation rates in universities. Employing data-driven information and 'nudging' strategies, he brilliantly analyzes what practically can be done." --Mark Yudof, President Emeritus, University of California

"Weaving together data on national trends with accounts of the lived experiences of students from a breathtaking array of backgrounds, David Kirp makes a compelling case that what we have long construed as achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status are really opportunity gaps grounded in entrenched inequalities." --Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark

"Nearly four million students drop out of college each year. That's a tragedy for the students, who confront truncated opportunities, and a jolt to the economy. It's also a disgrace-as David Kirp shows in this compelling narrative, we know how to move the needle on graduation rates and how to close the opportunity gap separating white and minority undergraduates. In richly-detailed accounts of universities across the country, he vividly demonstrates how determined campus leaders use smart practices to change the arc of their students' lives." --Arne Duncan, Former United States Secretary of Education