"Many scholars claim to be "experts" in the field of academia, but most of them lack the ability to communicate their ideas in a coherent manner. However, Alex Bitterman's prose reads much like a Malcolm Gladwell essay collection that similarly rewards the reader with light lessons while answering if college is right for everyone. This book is a MUST for those considering or attending college. The College Questions shares the information that universities and colleges hide about the admissions process, funding, and the job market. Luckily, Bitterman takes the risk of exposing the underbelly of academia to help prospective students make better decisions about their futures. I highly recommend this book for students, parents of students, or those who question higher education. My only regret is that this book wasn't published sooner!"
"Given the fact that student loan debt has officially exceeded credit card debt and auto loan debt, this book couldn't have been released at a more apt time in U.S. history. Indeed, the cost of higher education has reached a tipping point in America - students are more uncertain than ever on embarking on a degree that may result in a lifetime of economic hardship. So what is the answer? Is a college degree really worth it anymore? Although knowledge is a difficult thing to put a price tag on, students often have a difficult time understanding what it is that they are actually trying to achieve in life and subsequently often make rash decisions based on societal pressure. Dr. Bitterman provides a comprehensive examination of this dilemma that includes in-depth discussions on generational learning gaps, the impact of technology on learning models, and the economics and politics of higher education that provide new paradigms in the delivery and pedagogy of "college" as we know it along with new mindsets concerning society's overall obsession with the college degree. The book will help students better understand the higher education model and assist them in identifying the most appropriate type of education (if any) and/or a specific course of action to achieve their goals. This book is a must read for all parents and students who are in the process of exploring college options as well as for administrators and faculty in higher education who are exploring sustainable learning models in the new millennium."
"The most important thing about this book is that it encourages all of its readers to think. Whether you're a parent, a student, or simply have an interest in how education is moving----The College Question wants you to challenge the basic assumptions that a young person is supposed to go straight from high school, to higher education, to job. It's an outdated system of expectation, and it's causing problems. There is a ceaseless bemoaning that the Millennial generation is entitled, and thinks they're special. Behind every entitled Millennial there are two parents that think their child is certain to be brilliant, wealthy, and successful----if only they're able to follow the "right" path. The pressures that come from trying to cram the every young person onto the same (and at this point, obsolete) path to wealthy success cause rushed and poor decisions. The College Question does well to examine this societal issue, and explores ways to approach the transition out of high school differently. This is an absolute must-read for high school students and parents. Even if you don't reach the same conclusions Dr. Bitterman does, it's of great benefit to examine the assumptions that so frequently drive this country's youth to blindly leap into a debt-filled future of uncertainty. I've worked as an academic adviser to high school students, in a private college's orientation program, and designed training programs for entry-level workers. The amount of people I wish had read this book years ago is staggering, and I hope that students and parents I deal with in the future will have read it. There needs to be more resources like this aimed at helping students and parents think about their options, rather than funneling them into 'the only' option."