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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (March 3 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594632057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594632051
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
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“Carey elegantly blends policy analysis, reportage [and] memoir into a hard-charging indictment of the eggheads and ivory towers many Americans love to hate….Part alternative history and part road trip, the book is a tour guide to higher education…[A] readable and thoughtful book…[Carey has] a gift for finding fascinating characters and explaining complex ideas clearly.”
The New York Times Book Review

"Thorough ... this is thought-provoking, fascinating material."
The Washington Post

“In The End of College, Kevin Carey delves into some of the most complicated – and important – issues facing students, parents and educators today. This is a fascinating read."
—Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

“Don't even think about going to college (or paying for it) until you have read this book. Kevin Carey has changed forever how I think about the modern American university. The End of College delivers a scathing indictment of the past and present—alongside a glorious prediction for what comes next.”
—Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World

About the Author

Kevin Carey directs the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. Carey lives with his wife and daughter on Capitol Hill.

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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3cc3abc) out of 5 stars The End of College as We Currently Know It March 8 2015
By jem - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you are a college or university professor or administrator, this book will not be a surprise, but if you are a parent of elementary or teenage children that you want to provide the best education possible, this book offers the information to make well- informed decisions.

Carey provides an excellent overview of higher education history for the layman in the first part of the book, and an enlightening analysis of the current state and potential of digital open source courses in higher education. Those who have watched the predictions of dramatic educational change as radio and television technologies became available but had minimal impact, will no doubt question Carey's predictions for the effects of digital technology on higher education. The impact on other information sources such as magazines and newspapers, the tremendous worldwide response to early offerings, and the venture capital estimates regarding potential monetary rewards, and the dramatic cost savings for students, however, suggest this technology may indeed have a significant impact in the very near future.

Carey's personal experience enrolling in an MIT genetics course on the origins of life adds a practical touch that is as effective as his many interviews with professors, educational administrators, and online course entrepreneurs in determining the effectiveness of online technology and its acceptability by students. He discusses at some length the next issue to be addressed: determining credit for online courses that will be acceptable in the marketplace. This is an excellent and thought provoking consideration of a major current issue -- the cost, method, and credentials of lifelong learning experiences.
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3cdca68) out of 5 stars Thank you Kevin Carey March 7 2015
By Steve - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was worried initially that the book was going to be more of the disruptive, online-edutopia boosterism that we hear so much of but The End of College is a much more nuanced, careful, and insightful piece of work than that. Carey presents an intriguing history of what he terms the "hybrid" American university with all of its deep flaws and contradictions along with a compelling vision of what he calls "The University of Everywhere" and what it might become. The feature of the book that I found most appealing was that he does all that with his focus squarely on what has to be the central issue - student learning.

I've followed Carey's columns and I was pleased to find that his considerable gifts as a writer in that shorter format translate nicely into this book. I was so taken with the book that I read it in just two intensely engaged sittings.

I hope that this excellent book gets the wide readership that it deserves among educators and administrators in higher education - but educators in secondary ed ought to take note as well.

I'll be looking forward to hearing more from Mr. Carey.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3ccdae0) out of 5 stars Current state of the American educational system March 4 2015
By Helpful Advice - Published on
Format: Hardcover
‘The End of College’ written by Kevin Carey is well-made analysis of US college system and regardless of assessment and predictions that were presented are not overly optimistic, it is a book that is certainly worth reading.

Kevin Carey in his book managed to present, in a very comprehensive and systematic manner, the real causes of problems these days American colleges have. The truth is not so comfortable to hear, but that doesn’t mean that clear picture he gave within his book is unnecessary criticism. Quite opposite, because regardless of how discomforting presented conclusions are, there is a way to get out of this situation, which of course requires a change in thinking and functioning of the US education system.

Given that my education is product of completely different education system – the European one - it was somewhat surprising to read some things about US colleges in the book, considering that the American education system, regardless of high costs in Europe is still very much appreciated and many young people dream about studying abroad.

Carey summarizes that US colleges won’t change as long as Americans are so hardly trying to keep everything as-is, being so resistant to change. He speaks about history, everything that led up to point where schools in US are right now – offering education that is too expensive, while at the same time offering little or too little for the money invested. As main cause of problem the author sees an impossible combination of the research institutes, arts colleges and trading schools which is mix that is simply not functioning.

Carey does not stop only with criticism; instead he is offering his expertise based on rich experience proposing some technological innovations that could catalyze changes. Still it is good to see that he managed to avoid the trap of thinking that technology will solve everything because behind each technology are still people, and without human perseverance and genuine desire to change nothing would be possible.

Overall, with ‘The End of College’ Kevin Carey made a surgically precise picture of the current state of the American educational system as insider, someone who knows what he is talking about, and his book except the bitter criticism does show that there is a path that leads out of this situation. Therefore his book is certainly worth reading, especially for people who are professionally connected to the US college system.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3cd18a0) out of 5 stars Well worth the read if you'd like to get a sense of the lay of the ... Dec 17 2015
By Barbara A. Oakley - Published on
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This very thoughtful book brings up a lot of points and perspectives I'd never thought of before, as for example, small universities that spend $100 million on a sports facility, when no combined sets of universities nationwide would think to put that kind of money into a top notch introductory university physics sequence. Well worth the read if you'd like to get a sense of the lay of the land in the world of online learning in higher academia, and an idea of where things might be heading.

(I teach the MOOC Learning How to Learn for Coursera, one of the world's largest online courses with well over a million students. So when I say that Carey has a worthwhile perspective on the world of online university education, I've got a little background in this area.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3cd15ac) out of 5 stars Got my dander up June 12 2015
By B. Fryer - Published on
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I have not quite finished this book but find it great. It's different than many other books on the topic of what's wrong with higher education. It's well written and well-researched, and it got my dander up. I hope and pray that The University of Everywhere becomes a reality, because we simply cannot keep undereducating and over-burderning our kids with debt and supporting a hoary system that only works for the wealthy.