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Is Higher Education Worth It?

Andrew Rossi and Kate Novack Victoria Will. (Associated Press)

Documentary Filmmaker Andrew Rossi investigates the world of higher education. The documentary ´Ivory Tower,´ examines the spiraling cost of higher education in the United States.
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Ivory Tower questions the purpose of higher education in an era when the price of college has increased more than for any other service in the U.S. economy since 1978. While many college graduates struggle to find menial employment waiting tables and cleaning toilets, new student loans over the next 10 years.

The film profiles students at several U.S. schools and includes interviews by Columbia University professor Andrew Delbanco and Utah native Clayton Christensen.

2014 Andrew Rossi: “Ivory Tower” at the Sundance Festival



Filmmaker Andrew Rossi reveals the moment in history when the United States, long regarded as the epicenter of higher education, embraced a business model promoting property expansion over quality learning. Through interviews with Andrew Delbanco, Anya Kamenetz, and Internet education pioneer Daphne Koller, cofounder of the revolutionary online platform Coursera, Ivory Tower exposes the instability of traditional college education as it searches the country for alternative forms of cost-effective learning, ranging from concepts of self-governance taught at Deep Springs College in Big Pine, California, to the unofficial hacker houses of northern California.

Looking into the future, Rossi talked to people who are trying to bring higher education into the modern era using technology. The Internet has paved the way for MOOCs which allow for one charismatic, talented teacher to reach millions of students. He found that the dreams doesn’t exactly play out in the real world.

Interview with Filmmaker Andrew Rossi 


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