McMillan Cottom, T. (2017). Lower ed: The troubling rise of for-profit colleges in the new economy. New York, NY: The New Press.
The Lower Ed project
In Lower Ed, Tressie McMillan Cottom explains how the recent boom and bust of for-profit higher education has been a direct result of economic dislocation. Public policy has responded to economic anxieties with one clear message: the primary and often only solution to your potential unemployment is to borrow money to go to college. For millions since 2000, that has meant enrollment in for-profit colleges and universities, and Lower Ed has a unique, persuasive portrait of the phenomenon.
As a sociologist, McMillan Cottom approaches for-profit higher education with broader questions: why would Americans take on thousands of dollars of loans to attend programs that others see primarily as disreputable and debt-inducing?