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Campus Confidential

How College Works, or Doesn't, for Professors, Parents, and Students

Jacques Berlinerblau


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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.

Praise For Campus Confidential: How College Works, or Doesn't, for Professors, Parents, and Students

"Passionate, important... Berlinerblau writes eloquently about the goal of 'thoughtfulness' as the quality that good teachers most want to encourage in their students."THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

"Berlinerblau's book often reads like a comic campus novel"—COMMENTARY

"Berlinerblau has done the world he clearly loves a real service, and this book is nice tonic to our complacency as professors."—STEVE ROSS, ESSAYS IN PHILOSOPHY

“With remarkable clarity, the book has articulated how professors feel separated from the mainstream, rather than being integral to it.…His book therefore is narrated with hard-earned wisdom and he has alerted the world of academics, on flaws, which need to be addressed in the realms of higher education.”

"I know of no book that details the rituals and customs of the academic habitat so concretely--and entertainingly, too. But this is more than a high-quality piece of arch observation.  Beneath the droll vignettes runs an earnest faith we absolutely must sustain: liberal education and the teachers who purvey it are crucial to civil society and enlightened culture.  If we allow the noble practice of teaching to deteriorate, Berlinerblau rightly insists, we jeopardize all the other things we hold dear.”
—Mark Bauerlein, author of The Dumbest Generation

Melville House, 9781612196428, 272pp.

Publication Date: June 13, 2017

About the Author

Jacques Berlinerblau is Professor and Director of the Center for Jewish Civilization at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is the author of How to be Secular.