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  1. Scotty
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Is college worth it? Maybe, maybe not ...
    August 14, 2013
    Scotty
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Is College Worth It?.
    The idea of going to college is so deeply enmeshed into the American dream, it would seem silly to ask if college is worth the overall investment.

    But things have changed, and it has become an important question to ask.

    Former Secretary of Education, William Bennett, and co-writer David Wilezol ask, and attempt to answer, this question in their new book, "Is College Worth It?" (published by Thomas Nelson).

    The answer is maybe ... and maybe not. It depends on a variety of factors, and the authors do a compelling job of presenting their readers with a myriad of facts to educate them that going to college isn't the simple decision it used to be.

    Some of the issues people need to consider before sending their kids off to college, or returning to the classroom themselves, include the staggering cost and enormous debt a college education today often creates. Many students are finding themselves with a degree that cost them the equivalent of a mortgage, but doesn't come with the same old "guarantee" that they'll get a good job if they just graduate college. Many aren't getting those good jobs when they do get the degrees, and many others aren't getting the degrees because they can't stay in long enough to graduate.

    Others aren't graduating because a failed K-12 education system did not adequately prepare them to go to college, and find themselves unequipped for higher education. Others are dropping out because they are discovering the quality of higher education has plummeted dramatically.

    Still others are finding themselves holding a degree without having learned much because they bought into the party attitude prevalent on many campuses. Many young people find their lives spiraling downward into binge drinking and sexual promiscuity as they explore their new freedom away from parents.

    Others are hesitant to go to college because many professors preach (not just teach) a politically liberal ideology which they expect their students to accept.

    There are also many who fail at college because they should have never gone in the first place. They are not students and do not thrive in an academic setting. Other opportunities such as trade schools, internships, apprenticeships, or possibly

    online education or community college would be more beneficial for them.

    There's much more to the question of whether college is "worth it," and the writers do a concise job of laying out all the different factors of considering whether going to college today is still a good idea.

    If you thought you would send your kids to college, or have been considering going back yourself, then "Is College Worth It?" is simply a "must read" for you.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  2. Donna
    Epworth, Iowa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I have given this book to many others.
    December 29, 2013
    Donna
    Epworth, Iowa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Prayer Faith and Healing.
    I believe in the power of prayer and healing from our Lord. He never lets me down and I want others to know this too. His is the hand that is always there. This book helps you find God's healing in all things. I've given it to many others in need.
  3. HeidiPA
    Central PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Resource
    October 11, 2013
    HeidiPA
    Central PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Is College Worth It?.
    I was glad that the authors were so straightforward and honest! Let's face it, college isn't for everyone. Our country has strayed so far from what college once was — a track for those who were interested in things like medicine, law, etc. Nowadays, everyone is pretty much forced into college, whether they are gifted in an area or not. So many people end up in college longer than 4 years because they change their majors at least once (if not several times). College costs are so high that many kids are finishing up with such large debts that they have bills to pay for many, many years. Then, they can't get jobs in their field, so they end up having to work in entry-level positions, making low wages. They're stuck living at home with their parents because they aren't making enough to support themselves and pay off their debts.

    While I pretty much knew all of this, it was very interesting to read the statistics and actually see it laid out in print.

    I feel so much better about the decisions that we have made as a family, so far, and about the decisions that will be made in the future. This book has enlightened me in many ways. I am very thankful to the authors for stepping out and writing this book. I think every parent should read this book and familiarize themselves with the facts. Be prepared!
  4. Becky
    Ohio
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Like A Good Guidance Counselor
    April 28, 2013
    Becky
    Ohio
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The book Is College Worth It? explores the history of why college has become so expensive and why so many students have so much debt after college. The book helps you to evaluate a college based on the total cost of tuition versus how much earning potential a graduate from that institution will have. The book discusses careers that in the future will require more than a high school diploma, but less than four years of college. This book had case studies to help a potential student determine whether a trade, a gap year, working, or going to college is the right choice for them.

    Reading Is College Worth It? is like sitting down with a good guidance counselor who shares with you options for the future and is able to back up those options with data. Being a mom who has three children looking at post secondary options over the next five years this was a critical read for me. The book did a great job of summarizing the current times in a readable way that will help me as a parent guide my children to make informed decisions about their future. It is a book that I will encourage my children to read as it will help them self reflect and think about where their skills and passions can lead them to an affordable and fulfilling future. I highly recommend Is College Worth It?

    I received this book from Booksneeze for this review
  5. Leung
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Very good, hits many problems right on the nose, b
    May 27, 2013
    Leung
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Is College Worth It?.
    What will a college campus be like ten - or even five - years from now? What is right - and what is very wrong - with college curricula these days? Will a traditional college degree go by the wayside, now that there are online classes available in so many fields? Is a traditional college education the right choice for every young person? How can families choose the best post-secondary school for their young person? How should a young person go about choosing a major? Is a gap year a good idea? How do prospective students and their parents get an honest view of a school they're considering? Why do many students, whether in traditional face-to-face classes or online classes, leave school? Which colleges are the most innovative?

    These are a sampling of the many questions William J. Bennet , editor at large of The Chronicle of Higher Education, answers in College (Un)Bound, and he answers them very thoughtfully. Readers won't agree with everything he says, and some things he says seem counterintuitive and contradictory ("get into the most selective college you can - BLAST the cost!" -- but then he discusses how appalled he is with high student loan debt these days). However, he does make some excellent points.

    Bennet also points out all the non-academic features colleges have these days simply to attract students. I can understand offering nice residence halls and good food service, but why offer climbing walls?

    I say four stars for this book because I would've liked to see more about what to do about the things that are going wrong. How do we put a stop to grade inflation and get the rigor back into college education? Also, as a college instructor myself, I would've liked to see more about one more important topic: What do we do with the students who come to campus underprepared? These underprepared students are both non-traditional students whose skills simply need a little extra time to come back to them, but also the eighteen-year-olds who somehow managed to slip through the cracks in high school.

    Quick verdict: Very good, hits many problems right on the nose, but needs more!
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