“After reading only a few pages of "The Five-Year Party", I immediately started telling people about its important message. This crucial book exposes the consumer mentality now all too prevalent on college campuses...
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An Interview with the Author:
Q. Why is the cost of college tuition increasing faster than gasoline or health care?

A. College administrators have learned that they can increase tuition any time they need more money, with no fear that parents will balk at the price. They set tuition rates the way OPEC sets the price of oil. It has nothing to do with costs or demand. It’s the highest price they think they can get away with before customers will walk. ..
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The Five-Year Party

Parents Beware.

Party schools can ruin your children’s lives!

The cost of college tuition is rising faster than health care or gasoline, and students are struggling to pay the bill.  They take out tens of thousands of dollars in student loans, and assume they can pay them off from their high salary jobs after graduation. It’s a bad assumption.  Half of college students move back in with their parents because they can’t find good jobs.  Students are working as waiters and clerks while struggling for decades to pay for an education they didn’t use.

Where does all that tuition money go?  Only one dollar out of five is spent on instruction.  The rest goes for bloated administrative salaries and multi-million dollar buildings like student centers, workout centers, and gourmet food courts that have little to do with education. These unnecessary frills push the costs up year after year, while national surveys show that students are learning less and less, and many of them are functionally illiterate.

Party schools operate more like adolescent resorts than higher education institutions.  Students are pampered with five-star residences and gourmet food courts, but education is strictly optional.  Students get away with doing as little work as possible while still earning A’s and B’s.  Half of the freshmen class drops out before graduation.

“The Five-Year Party” unravels the mystery of why so many of our colleges have become so dysfunctional.  The book helps parents determine which colleges are party schools, and includes recommendations for the reforms necessary to restore rigor to these colleges’ programs and put education ahead of entertainment on their agendas.

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