The best 21 Higher Education books

Higher education plays a crucial role in shaping individuals' future opportunities and career paths. Our selection of books on the topic provides valuable insights into the challenges and benefits of pursuing advanced education.

Delve into our collection to gain a deeper understanding of the higher education landscape and equip yourself with essential knowledge for making informed decisions about your academic journey. Ready to broaden your perspectives and make informed choices for your future?

The best 21 Higher Education books
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Higher Education Books: Don’t Go Back to School by Kio Stark

Don’t Go Back to School

Kio Stark
A Handbook for Learning Anything
3.7 (64 ratings)
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What's Don’t Go Back to School about?

Don’t Go Back to School shows how not having a degree doesn’t doom you to an unsuccessful life. In fact, quite the contrary: chalked full of real-life examples, this book presents a strong case for independent learning as well as principles you can immediately enact to make independent learning a part of your life.

Who should read Don’t Go Back to School?

  • Anyone interested in learning outside of school
  • Anyone who wants to improve his or her knowledge and skills without breaking the bank
  • Anyone on the fence about whether to spend the money to go to college or university

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Higher Education Books: The End of College by Kevin Carey

The End of College

Kevin Carey
Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere
4.1 (35 ratings)
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What's The End of College about?

The End of College (2015) is about the American higher education system. These blinks give a historical overview of how the author sees the development of the American university and its evolution from European models. He evaluates its current status and advocates for the University of Everywhere – a remotely accessible university of the future.

Who should read The End of College?

  • Students of public policy and education policy
  • People curious about online learning
  • Historians interested in higher education

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Higher Education Books: The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols

The Death of Expertise

Tom Nichols
The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
4.2 (66 ratings)
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What's The Death of Expertise about?

The Death of Expertise (2017) examines the current attacks on science and knowledge that seem to be on the rise in our current technological and political environment. What has happened to objective truths being the truth and facts being indisputable? Why is science now a matter of political partisanship? Find out what’s really going on and why this is one of the most important issues of our day.

Who should read The Death of Expertise?

  • Citizens looking for facts rather than political rhetoric
  • Readers concerned about fake news and misinformation
  • Students of political science and communications

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Higher Education Books: U Thrive by Daniel Lerner and Alan Schlechter

U Thrive

Daniel Lerner and Alan Schlechter
How to Succeed in College (and Life)
4.3 (34 ratings)
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What's U Thrive about?

U Thrive (2017) provides the tools necessary to thrive on a college campus and beyond. Informative and actionable in equal parts, these blinks provide great insights and offer helpful advice on everything from alleviating stress during final exams to surviving nightmarish dorm mates.

Who should read U Thrive?

  • College students
  • Recent high school grads
  • Parents of prospective university students

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Higher Education Books: Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be by Frank Bruni

Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be

Frank Bruni
An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania
4.3 (43 ratings)
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What's Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be about?

Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be (2015) casts a critical eye over the mania surrounding the college admissions process in the United States. For decades, students and parents have become increasingly convinced that future success is dependent upon landing a spot at the most prestigious schools, while colleges have become engaged in their own competition for a spot at the top of the school rankings. Bruni argues that this has led to an out-of-control system that has caused people to lose sight of the real benefits of higher education.

Who should read Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be?

  • Prospective college students
  • Scholars who care about the state of higher education
  • Parents who want their kids to flourish in college

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Higher Education Books: The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

The Coddling of the American Mind

Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
4.4 (281 ratings)
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What's The Coddling of the American Mind about?

The Coddling of the American Mind (2018) seeks to go behind the scandalized reporting and to establish what’s really happening on US college campuses. Drawing on psychological theory and wide-ranging research, The Coddling of the American Mind demonstrates that university life has taken a worrying turn.

Who should read The Coddling of the American Mind?

  • Baffled readers trying to understand campus politics
  • Parents of college-aged kids
  • Citizens concerned about accelerating political polarization

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Higher Education Books: Late Bloomers by Rich Karlgaard

Late Bloomers

Rich Karlgaard
The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement
4.5 (295 ratings)
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What's Late Bloomers about?

Late Bloomers (2019) explores why modern society is obsessed with early achievement. It explains the damaging effects a super-charged education can have on young people’s mental health, as well as how our family, our peers, and the media influence the life paths we take. Drawing on his own experiences, author Rich Karlgaard suggests that blooming later in life is not something to be ashamed of, but something to be celebrated instead.

Who should read Late Bloomers?

  • Anyone feeling stuck in their life and career
  • Parents concerned about the pace of their children’s development
  • Graduates unsure about what to do next

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Higher Education Books: Post Corona by Scott Galloway

Post Corona

Scott Galloway
From Crisis to Opportunity
4.0 (105 ratings)
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What's Post Corona about?

Post Corona (2020) is a ruthless analysis of how the COVID-19 outbreak has reshaped our world. This survey of the post-pandemic business landscape shows who’s benefited and who’s been harmed by the virus.

Who should read Post Corona?

  • Investors looking for solid financial advice
  • Entrepreneurs navigating the newly unstable business environment
  • Anyone trying to understand the post-pandemic world

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Higher Education Books: Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Beverly Daniel Tatum
And Other Conversations About Race
4.4 (84 ratings)
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What's Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? about?

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? (1997) explores the reality of race in the American public education system and sheds light on racial-identity development in both Black and white people. Updated with a new prologue in 2017, it also explains how talking openly about racism is essential for cutting across racial and ethnic divides.

Who should read Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria??

  • People seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America
  • Parents and educators who want to teach children about race
  • Those interested in social justice, equal opportunity, and democracy

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Higher Education Books: The Price You Pay for College by Ron Lieber

The Price You Pay for College

Ron Lieber
An Entirely New Road Map for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make
4.1 (51 ratings)
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What's The Price You Pay for College about?

The Price You Pay for College (2021) is a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about choosing a college and financing your education. Exploring mentorship, financial aid, and graduate salaries, it clarifies an often confusing world, aiming to ensure that students’ momentous decisions are informed ones.

Who should read The Price You Pay for College?

  • Parents with college-bound kids
  • High school students interested in the college-application process
  • Personal-finance buffs looking to brush up on a new niche

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Higher Education Books: Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas

Summa Theologica

Thomas Aquinas
3.6 (36 ratings)
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What's Summa Theologica about?

The Summa Theologica (1485), unfinished at the author’s death in 1274, dives into the depths of Christian theology, systematically exploring topics such as God, Christ, and the Holy Trinity. It dissects theological and philosophical arguments to present a comprehensive understanding of Christian doctrines.

Who should read Summa Theologica?

  • Aspiring theologians
  • Philosophy students
  • History enthusiasts

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Higher Education Books: What They Teach You at Harvard Business School by Philip Delves Broughton

What They Teach You at Harvard Business School

Philip Delves Broughton
My Two Years Inside The Cauldron of Capitalism
3.7 (405 ratings)
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What's What They Teach You at Harvard Business School about?

What They Teach You at Harvard Business School (2008) is a candid insider's view into one of the world’s most prestigious business schools, providing insights into its curriculum, culture, and impact on students' lives. Through case studies, math, and unsolicited advice, it follows one unlikely student’s memorable experience obtaining this coveted MBA, revealing both the strengths and shortcomings of the HBS education along the way.

Who should read What They Teach You at Harvard Business School?

  • Business and marketing students
  • Those curious about the inner workings of the world-renowned Harvard Business School
  • Anyone considering doing an MBA

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Higher Education Books: Social Justice Fallacies by Thomas Sowell

Social Justice Fallacies

Thomas Sowell
3.7 (161 ratings)
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What's Social Justice Fallacies about?

Social Justice Fallacies (2023) unravels the myths and misconceptions driving today's social justice movement. It turns out that many popular beliefs about how society should be improved often conflict with concrete facts. This exploration sheds light on the perilous path of good intentions paired with fallacious assertions.

Who should read Social Justice Fallacies?

  • Critical thinkers who find themselves questioning social justice movements
  • Enthusiasts of fact-driven political discourse
  • Anyone wanting to debunk widely accepted social narratives

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Higher Education Books: Understanding Power by Noam Chomsky, Peter R. Mitchell & John Schoeffel

Understanding Power

Noam Chomsky, Peter R. Mitchell & John Schoeffel
The Indispensable Chomsky
4.4 (149 ratings)
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What's Understanding Power about?

Understanding Power (2002) is a compilation of discussions and seminars by Noam Chomsky curated by Peter R. Mitchell and John Schoeffel. Throughout this collection, Chomsky delves into a wide range of topics, primarily focusing on how power and politics shape societies – critiquing media, corporate power, and governmental control, all while examining how these forces influence public opinion, policy, and democracy. With a focus on America, it reinterprets events of the past concerning foreign and social policy, highlighting the many challenges that Americans continue to face.

Who should read Understanding Power?

  • Political and sociology students
  • Citizen historians interested in America
  • Changemakers and activists

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Higher Education Books: Time Management Secrets for College Students by Dennis Stemmle

Time Management Secrets for College Students

Dennis Stemmle
The Underground Playbook for Managing School, Work, and Fun
4.3 (36 ratings)
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What's Time Management Secrets for College Students about?

Time Management Secrets for College Students (2020) offers time management strategies for students to navigate the transition from high school to the unstructured college environment. It offers a potential solution to the troubling statistics that thirty percent of college freshmen drop out after their first year, and less than 60 percent of students finish a four-year degree within six years.

Who should read Time Management Secrets for College Students?

  • Incoming or current college students
  • Parents of college students
  • Everyone who needs better time management skills

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Higher Education Books: The Order of Things by Michel Foucault

The Order of Things

Michel Foucault
An Archaeology of Human Sciences
4.2 (64 ratings)
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What's The Order of Things about?

The Order of Things (1966) is a philosophical examination of our most basic beliefs about knowledge. With depth and skill, it exposes the shaky foundations holding up society’s perceived truths and argues that much of what we know actually just relies on chance.

Who should read The Order of Things?

  • Philosophers interested in theories of language and knowledge
  • Students of history and science
  • Critical thinkers questioning modern scientific paradigms

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Higher Education Books: Not the End of the World by Hannah Ritchie

Not the End of the World

Hannah Ritchie
How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet
4.1 (105 ratings)
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What's Not the End of the World about?

Not the End of the World (2024) argues for radical hope amid environmental crisis. Recent data show that, contrary to the usual gloom and doom, tremendous progress towards sustainability is being made. By focusing on well-defined and tractable issues, we can shift our collective behavior and avert climate disaster.

Who should read Not the End of the World?

  • People looking for signs of hope about climate change
  • Concerned citizens seeking pragmatic solutions to the climate crisis
  • Fans of science and careful research

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Higher Education Books: The 12-Week MBA by Nathan Kracklauer & Bjorn Billhardt

The 12-Week MBA

Nathan Kracklauer & Bjorn Billhardt
Learn the Skills You Need to Lead in Business Today
4.1 (96 ratings)
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What's The 12-Week MBA about?

The 12-Week MBA (2024) offers an accelerated path to mastering essential business administration skills and knowledge, traditionally taught in MBA programs, in just three months. It distills critical insights and practical advice for managers and aspiring leaders, aiming to equip them with the tools needed to succeed in the fast-paced business world.

Who should read The 12-Week MBA?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs seeking foundational business knowledge
  • Professionals contemplating an MBA for career advancement
  • Small business owners focusing on growth strategies

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Higher Education Books: Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Utilitarianism

John Stuart Mill
4.8 (12 ratings)
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What's Utilitarianism about?

Utilitarianism (1861) introduces a moral theory proposing that the most ethical action is the one that maximizes overall happiness and well-being for all affected parties. The work explores the implications of this principle and defends it against potential objections, all while considering its practical applications in various aspects of life. 

Who should read Utilitarianism?

  • Technology, media, and business professionals who face complex ethical decisions in their work
  • Philosophy lovers interested in exploring influential theories
  • Lifelong learners who enjoy engaging with thought-provoking ideas.

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Higher Education Books: How to Think Like a Woman by Regan Penaluna

How to Think Like a Woman

Regan Penaluna
Four Women Philosophers Who Taught Me How to Live a Life of the Mind
3.5 (8 ratings)
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What's How to Think Like a Woman about?

How to Think Like a Woman (2023) is an exploration of one woman’s journey to reclaim her love of philosophy in the face of a male-dominated canon. Interweaving memoir with the biographies of four extraordinary seventeenth- and eighteenth-century women philosophers, this inventive meditation challenges the foundations of traditional philosophical thought and envisions a more inclusive future for the discipline.

Who should read How to Think Like a Woman?

  • Women in academia who have experienced the challenges of navigating a male-dominated field
  • Fans of thought-provoking memoirs and biographies 
  • Anyone seeking an alternative perspective on the traditional Western philosophical canon

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Higher Education Books: The Education of Millionaires by Michael Ellsberg

The Education of Millionaires

Michael Ellsberg
Everything You Won't Learn in College About How to Be Successful
3.8 (16 ratings)
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What's The Education of Millionaires about?

The Education of Millionaires (2011) argues that the most critical skills for success aren’t taught in traditional educational institutions. Based on interviews with millionaires and billionaires, it suggests that to thrive in the real world, people need to learn practical skills such as finding great mentors, building a strong network, creating meaningful work, and developing a personal brand.

Who should read The Education of Millionaires?

  • Recent graduates disillusioned with conventional career paths
  • Creatives searching for ways to monetize their talents
  • Anyone feeling stuck in an unfulfilling job and looking for inspiration to bet on themselves

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 FAQs 

What's the best Higher Education book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Don’t Go Back to School as the ultimate read on Higher Education.

What are the Top 10 Higher Education books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Don’t Go Back to School by Kio Stark
  • The End of College by Kevin Carey
  • The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols
  • U Thrive by Daniel Lerner and Alan Schlechter
  • Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be by Frank Bruni
  • The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
  • Late Bloomers by Rich Karlgaard
  • Post Corona by Scott Galloway
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • The Price You Pay for College by Ron Lieber

Who are the top Higher Education book authors?

When it comes to Higher Education, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Kio Stark
  • Kevin Carey
  • Tom Nichols
  • Daniel Lerner and Alan Schlechter
  • Frank Bruni