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Restoring Trust In Higher Education

Making the Investment Worthwhile Again

by Aneil K. Mishra, PhD, Editor
Foreword by J. L. Stimpert


Is higher education worth the cost? This book will help you ask the right questions to make it a good investment.

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March 2017


Pages 217
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Economics/Policy
  Current Events and Issues/Education

Leaders from both private and public institutions provide a 360-degree view of the challenges and opportunities facing higher education—and offer a manifesto for restoring relevance and respect.

Where is the value in higher education? How can higher education restore its relevance and trust with students and parents? Are there really any meaningful differences between public and private higher education? This volume probes those questions and more, exploring the myriad issues that have led many people to question whether higher education is worth the sacrifices it requires of parents and students.

Drawing on the experience and expertise of a wide variety of highly renowned academics, respected government officials, and well-grounded individuals from the private sector, this thought-provoking book offers readers simple but powerful ways to evaluate whether prospective colleges and universities merit the very substantial investment of time, abilities, and financial resources they necessitate. Readers will learn what to look for in a college or university and what questions to ask in selecting an institution of higher education. They will also learn how parents, students, academicians, and other stakeholders can advocate for changes to benefit both higher education and the constituency it serves.


  • Applies the research-based and field-tested ROCC of Trust© model as a means for providers and consumers to evaluate how an educational institution is addressing key issues regarding the relevance of earning a degree
  • Shares expert opinions on how to make higher education worthwhile, both developmentally and financially
  • Develops a call to action showing how institutions of higher education can rebuild the trust they have lost because of skyrocketing tuition costs, declining graduation rates, and persistent underemployment of recent grads
  • Includes checklists that will help students, parents, and higher education employees assess whether a given institution is worth the money/investment
  • Offers a calculator that can be used to quantify the payoff from attending various educational institutions
Author Info

Aneil K. Mishra, PhD, is the Thomas D. Arthur Distinguished Professor of Leadership at East Carolina University's College of Business. He is an internationally recognized expert on how leaders and organizations build trust and an expert on the challenges and opportunities facing both private and public higher education. Prior to joining East Carolina University, Mishra served as associate dean for academic affairs at North Carolina Central University, a Historically Black College/University (HBCU). Before that, he was vice president of Curriculum and Faculty Relations for 2tor, Inc. (now 2U), working with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler School of Business, where he launched MBA@UNC. He has also served on the business school faculties of Duke University, Wake Forest University, Penn State University, and Michigan State University's School of Human Resources and Labor Relations. A graduate of Princeton University (cum laude in economics) and The University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Mishra is now the parent of a college student and a high school student getting ready to select a college. This unique perspective allows him to see the many sides of the conversation, understand the tensions involved, and integrate them for others.

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