Tressie McMillan Cottom

Lower Ed

The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy

The New Press 2017

New Books in EconomicsNew Books in EducationNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in Public PolicyNew Books Network February 27, 2017 Stephen Pimpare

How might we account for the rapid rise of for-profit educational institutions over the past few decades, who are the students who attend them,...

How might we account for the rapid rise of for-profit educational institutions over the past few decades, who are the students who attend them, how can we evaluate what those schools do and why, and are there actually lessons that traditional higher ed institutions can learn from them? Join us as we speak with Tressie McMillan Cottom about her new book Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy (The New Press, 2017).


Stephen Pimpare is Senior Lecturer in the Politics & Society Program and Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of The New Victorians (New Press, 2004), A Peoples History of Poverty in America (New Press, 2008), winner of the Michael Harrington Award, and Ghettos, Tramps and Welfare Queens: Down and Out on the Silver Screen (Oxford, 2017).

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