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The Chronicle Book Club

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Week 6: Beyond Making Student-Loan Messes

Joel and Eric Best, father and son, are the authors of the club’s summer book, The Student Loan Mess: How Good Intentions Created a Trillion-Dollar Problem. They have kindly agreed to guide our discussion.

What’s Next? Prospective Student-Loan Messes

As we consider the prospective problems outlined in the chapter, it is important to consider the different motivations of parties involved.

The 4th Student-Loan Mess: Dread and the For-Profit Bubble

Joel and Eric Best, father and son, are the authors of the club’s summer book, The Student Loan Mess: How Good Intentions Created a Trillion-Dollar Problem. They have kindly agreed to guide our discussion.

The Third Student-Loan Mess: Outrage and Crushing Debt

Joel and Eric Best, father and son, are the authors of the club’s summer book, The Student Loan Mess: How Good Intentions Created a Trillion-Dollar Problem. They have kindly agreed to guide our discussion.

The Second Student-Loan Mess: Disillusionment and Deadbeats

Joel and Eric Best, father and son, are the authors of the club’s summer book, The Student Loan Mess: How Good Intentions Created a Trillion-Dollar Problem. They have kindly agreed to guide our discussion.

The Student-Loan Mess: Good Intentions and Wasted Brainpower

Joel and Eric Best, father and son, are the authors of the club’s second summer book, The Student Loan Mess: How Good Intentions Created a Trillion-Dollar Problem. They have kindly agreed to guide our discussion.

An Update on The Chronicle Book Club’s Summer Reading

The Chronicle Book Club is a work in progress! As promised, here is an update on author involvement and conversation guidelines.

Announcing The Chronicle Book Club’s Summer Read

The Chronicle Book Club is back this summer, reading The Student Loan Mess: How Good Intentions Created a Trillion-Dollar Problem, by Joel and Eric Best. The book is highly readable look at the student-debt bubble, a subject no doubt of personal interest to many of you. You can get a sense of the…

A Live Chat With the Editors of ‘What Is College For?’

The Chronicle talked to the editors of this month’s book-club selection. View a video of the conversation here.

‘What Is College For?,’ Chapter 6: Graduate School as Higher Education’s Nerve Center

Chapter 6 of What Is College For? was a bit of a departure from the book’s central theme. The previous chapters focused on the lost public purposes of higher education and ways to revive the teaching of those purposes.
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