The overselling of higher education

Grades, credits, degrees—these become the objects to be pursued. The end result is to reify the formal markers of education and displace the substantive content. —David F. Labaree

Many parents—if not administrators and faculty members—are beginning to suspect that they are paying for an oversold boondoggle, even at the best institutions of higher education. —Roger Shattuck

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Jameson Books released Mr. Leef’s latest volume, Free Choice for Workers: A History of the Right to Work Movement, in 2005.

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Leef, G.C. The overselling of higher education. Acad. Quest. 19, 17–34 (2006).

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