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Alumna Authors Book About Higher Education

Tressie McMillan Cottom, Ph.D.

Alumna Tressie McMillan Cottom, Ph.D., authored novel, “Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise for For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy.”

In the narrative, Cottom examines higher education in the for-profit sector. She also explores the benefits, pitfalls and real costs of a for-profit education. Cottom discussed her new book as the featured guest on “The Daily Show” on March 8.

She currently serves as assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and a faculty associate of the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Cottom has authored several scholarly articles, papers and literary works.

She was also a NCCU Forty Under Forty awardee in Sept. 2016.

Cottom earned a bachelor’s degree in English and political science from North Carolina Central University. She also has a doctorate in sociology from Emory University.

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