This one is a little less on the strictly amusing side and a little more on the useful and thoughtful side for a Friday Fun post, but sometimes it's worth mixing things up a bit.
I've mostly not read these books myself but I am in the middle of the Christensen/Eyring book right now. And they all look very useful and interesting, if only as a springboard for disagreement and debate. A little bit of end-of-summer reading is always a good thing!
Without further ado, from OnlineUniversities.com, the 10 Best Books on the Future of Higher Ed.
- Higher Education?: How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids---and What We Can Do About It by Claudia Dreifus and Andrew Hacker
- The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out by Clayton M. Christensen and Henry J. Eyring
- Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa
- CChange.edu: Rebooting for the New Talent Economy by Andrew S. Rosen
- DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education by Anya Kamenetz
- The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters by Benjamin Ginsberg
- Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line: The Marketing of Higher Education by David L. Kirp
- The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World by Ben Wildavsky
- The Great American University: Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Indispensable National Role, Why It Must Be Protected by Jonathan R. Cole
- Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More (New Edition) by Derek Bok
Each book has a little blurb accompanying it on the site which will help you figure out if it's interesting.