Lower Ed: the troubling rise of for-profit colleges in the new economy. Just published. Gets a long and very good review in NYTimes (""With great compassion and analytical rigor, Cottom questions the fundamental narrative of American education policy, that a postsecondary degree always guarantees a better life..”) The author, sociologist Tressie Cotton, worked as a recruiter for two online colleges. I haven't seen it yet, but plan to. From one of the many Amazon reviews: "This book is a page-turner. McMillan Cottom deftly interweaves personal narrative and rigorous social science research in her exploration of for-profit schools. For my nerds out there, this book is data rich, well argued, and nuanced. But that's not all! This book is engaging and empathetic, two qualities that many social science investigations lack. This book is not a one-note condemnation of for profit schools, but instead reveals the myriad social factors which led to the emergence of the for-profit education industry."