In his review of Jeffrey Selingo’s book College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, Alliant International University President Geoffrey Cox, notes,
[T]oday colleges and universities are facing the greatest challenges they’ve encountered in more than 50 years, the root cause of which amounts to a crisis of confidence.
Selingo is the editor at large of The Chronicle of Higher Education, and he is even more blunt: “American higher education is broken” (p. x).
In College (Un)Bound, Selingo identifies five core problems facing higher education:
(1) Student debt loads;
(2) The massive withdrawal of state support for public institutions;
(3) Demographic declines among traditional-aged students in the United States;
(4) Numerous “unbundled” alternatives to traditional university degree programs (e.g., low-cost online courses);
(5) The growing gap between the price of education and its value in the labor market.
Have psychologist educators been complicit in training too many students for too few jobs? Is an undergraduate education in psychology useful for most of our students who will not go on to get graduate degrees in psychology? Do you share Selingo's pessimism about the future of higher education?
By Geoffrey Cox
PsycCRITIQUES, 2014 Vol 59(5)