Read Campus Confidential Online Free - A tenured prof. breaks ranks to reveal what's wrong with American higher education and how it affects you.
Professors can be underpaid. Marginalized. Over-reviewed. But one fact remains: The success of your education depends on them. Part industry expose and part call for a return to engaged teaching, Campus Confidential shows how the noble project of higher education fell so far and how we can redeem it.
A must-read for parents thinking about their kids' futures: This book answers the questions most other college resources don't: Who exactly is teaching my kid? What questions to ask on the campus visit? How to get the most out of your tuition dollars?
Jacques Berlinerblau is a tenured professor at one of the best schools in the country, and he has seen it all. He started his career at a community college, and on his way to the top he has been everything from a abused adjunct to an assistant professor to a coddled administrator. He has the inside scoop on the real world of Higher Ed. today.
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April 28, 2017
Professor Berlinerblau tells it like it really is -- The World of Higher Education. He provides more than you probably want to know about how a university operates. The main take-a-way for me is that the majority of undergraduate students are taught by contingent faculty (undervalued adjuncts, no...
June 28, 2017
Timely read for me, with my first kiddo going away to school this autumn and no personal experience with 4-year schools. I enjoyed the inside look at and observations of the typical college professor's education and career track. There were some definite learning points sprinkled with entertainin...
October 16, 2017
A few months back my son and I toured Rice University. He had been impressed by the pitch they had made at a college fair and wanted to learn more. The introduction session that kicked off the tour was nothing if not well-polished; the presenter was dressed in a sharp business suit, he spoke in a...
September 06, 2017
In the interest of full-disclosure, I am a tenure-track faculty member of a University Music Department with a Doctorate from an elite school, and as such, many of my opinions of this work are colored by this experience.
Where Berlinerblau succeeds is in stressing the need for much better teachers...
February 15, 2018
I found this book by and large insightful and readable, but I was struck by the review from another reader who said he could not figure out who its audience might be. It may be a bit helpful to families dealing with the college admissions process, but the ways in which that is true could have bee...
February 27, 2018
pretty good, sometimes funny, snarky analysis of some odd and dysfunctional features of higher education and the professoriate in particular. I'm a tenured professor and department chair and have to hire adjuncts and occasionally "contingent" full-timers ["term faculty" at my school], so I am qui...
January 26, 2018
This took me a couple of tries to get into - the first part of the book is written in a style that I found somewhat offputting (lots of "I'll explain this later in Chapter X", lots of odd anecdotes), but the second half of the book flows much better and shares some telling issues with undergradua...
September 25, 2017
A entertaining and insightful read about the inner workings and expectations of college faculty. I now am reflecting on my past college experiences and am able to understand more on what the professors I had were going through as they were either tracking towards tenure or being ground under the...
August 10, 2017
A straight-forward, honest look at the contemporary undergraduate experience. Berlinerblau delivers rich insight into what's working and what's not on American college campuses. Detailed and timely, this book is a mustread for scholars, practitioners, parents, and students.
January 28, 2018
It was a great read about College teaching and how you probably do not wan to go to Harvard. He was a little too repetitive, so he did not get the rare 5 star rating.