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What's Wrong With University : And How to Make it Work For You Anyway - Jeff Rybak

What's Wrong With University

And How to Make it Work For You Anyway

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The university system has its problems. Students invest a lot of time and money in education but all too often don’t get what they came for. In What’s Wrong With University, Jeff Rybak addresses the most pressing concerns for undergraduate students, and helps them cope with the university system. He illustrates the university as having five distinct functions, which are often in conflict with each other. Students often find themselves at cross purposes with those with different goals and motivations, and also with institutional features designed around the needs of those other students. As a result they are frequently frustrated by their experiences, lost in a system that isn’t suited to them. Jeff explains how university really works, and provides advice on how all students can overcome these internal conflicts to get what they most want from the university experience.

Introductionp. IX
The Functions of Educationp. 1
What Happens in a Schoolp. 1
Why Go to University?p. 11
The Modern Universityp. 23
How Does It Happen?p. 23
How Does it Get Measured?p. 34
What Do You Get?p. 43
When Things Go Wrongp. 49
What Comes Next?p. 65
Getting More of What You Wantp. 75
What You Can't Controlp. 75
The Academic Studentp. 79
The Vocational Studentp. 95
The Certification Studentp. 106
The Good Citizenp. 112
The Holding-Pen Studentp. 126
Internal Contradictionsp. 135
Things That Don't Make Sensep. 135
Gradingp. 136
Too Cool for Schoolp. 147
Competing Agendas and Politicizationp. 154
Private or Public, Consumer or User?p. 160
Eroding Value and Graduating "Everyone"p. 169
Why Does It Hang Together?p. 177
The Big Picturep. 183
Beyond the Personalp. 183
The Universality of Universityp. 184
The Scamp. 195
Furtherp. 205
The Big Investmentp. 211
Financial Pressurep. 211
Silencing Dissentp. 222
Proposals for Reformp. 331
A Few Modest Suggestionsp. 231
Redefine "Of Age"p. 232
Separation of Functionsp. 235
Break the Monopolyp. 240
Civil Servicep. 244
Grassroots Changep. 247
Shaking Things Upp. 247
Unofficial Classesp. 248
Clubs and Organizationsp. 251
Participating in Governancep. 257
Asking the Big Questionsp. 261
Acknowledgementsp. 267
Referencesp. 269
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ISBN: 9781550227765
ISBN-10: 1550227769
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st May 2007
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.42