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Crushed : how student debt has impaired a generation and what to do about it / David E. Linton ; foreword by John Katzman.

"Crushed is a timely and insightful work that sheds light on the state of American universities and their graduates. It takes readers on a fascinating and reflective journey into the current student debt crisis and how it has become a major burden to American society. Beyond just describing how we got into this huge mess, Crushed also offers actionable public-policy steps to help fix this ever-growing problem.This reader-friendly guide explores the U.S. university system in depth, the incentive structures driving university decisions, and what has led to both rapid tuition inflation and skyrocketing student debt. It also explores why the U.S. university system is no longer reducing the racial wealth gap and how it is now contributing to intergenerational poverty. Crushed explains what every parent or prospective student should know before, during, or after enrolling in college, including what choices they should make to graduate on time, with a valuable degree, and with little (or no) debt. Additionally, it concludes with a detailed policy discussion and provides simple, yet powerful, ways to mitigate and eventually eliminate runaway tuition inflation and the overwhelming stock of student debt. Key Features: --Reviews the growth and development of the American university system, including its objectives, successes, and failures--Explains university endowments, why these pools of capital are so large, and how they can be used more efficiently to ensure students graduate on time with valuable degrees--Details the growth of college tuition, explains how tuition and other sources of income are used, and describes the perverse incentives that have led to unchecked tuition inflation--Provides an in-depth analysis on the value of a college degree and describes how that value has changed over time--Explains how the student loan industry grew to its current size and provides an explanation for how and why consumer protections were reduced--Describes how the current tertiary educational system harms minority students and contributes to the interracial wealth gap--Details legislative solutions to reducing debt, aligning incentives, restoring bankruptcy protections, and reducing the cost of a college education without reducing its value"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781604271898
  • ISBN: 1604271892
  • Physical Description: xix, 291 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Plantation, FL : J. Ross Publishing, Inc., [2023]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-283) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Foreword -- Introduction -- About the author -- WAV -- Part I. How did we get here? Chapter 1. A brief history of the growth of the American university system -- Chapter 2. Why is college so damn expensive? -- Chapter 3. the value of a degree: why go to college? -- Chapter 4. the university endowment: what is it and why should we care? -- Chapter 5. The student loan industry: how debt grew and consumer protections shrank -- Chapter 6. How student loans have impaired a generation -- Chapter 7. Disparate outcomes: how postsecondary institutions harm minority communities -- Chapter 8. Policy solutions: how we fix this mess -- Chapter 9. What every parent, student, and perspective student should know.
Subject: Student loans > United States.
College costs > United States.
College graduates > United States.

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