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  • Release Date: Jun 13, 2014
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  1. Jun 30, 2014
    7
    An engaging look at the troubling state of American higher education, how we got here and how we might get out of it. Despite the absence of ready-made answers and a tendency to keep from going for the jugular as much as it could (or should) have, the film nevertheless gives us pause to assess where we're at, what we want out of our educational system and some clues on how to fix it.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
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  1. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 11, 2014
    70
    It's wider than it is deep, but Andrew Rossi's documentary is a good primer on an issue that, in varying degrees, affects almost everyone.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 26, 2014
    63
    Chartered to provide both sides of every debate, CNN has positioned itself as the middle ground for discussions of current events. But without a knowledgeable teacher (or filmmaker) to lead such discussions into new territory, they devolve into noisy bull sessions.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jun 19, 2014
    75
    Ivory Tower covers a lot of ground, and sometimes the focus feels diffuse.