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Ivory Tower 2014

  • Andrew Rossi
  • June 13, 2014
  • 97 mins
  • English
  • Documentary
As tuition spirals upward and student debt passes a trillion dollars, students and parents ask, "Is college worth it?" From the halls of Harvard to public and private colleges in financial crisis to education startups in Silicon Valley, an urgent portrait emerges of a great American institution at the breaking point.

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I was expecting more from this documentary. It fails to land its ideas, and it never compromises enough. It leans over Udacity, but it fails to mention why Daphne Koller ended her involvement with Coursera (she left recently) and fails to mention that she was the founder along with Andrew Ng, or that neither Udacity or Coursera courses have ANY academic credit value, even if you end up paying for the certificate (only 5 courses in over 200 in Coursera have any value). Also, that neither of them are fully accepted by potential employers as of educational value. I wasn't aware of the existence of Deep Springs College, and I was impressed by their theory of the labor pillar. Sadly, the documentary barely covered it. In the end, it's a feature long infomercial for their site.

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