Preparing to climb the Ivory Tower

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Preparing to climb the Ivory Tower

Zac Johnson, Entertainment Editor

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“The Ivory Tower,” a film that questions the cost and value of American higher education, is making its nationally televised debut on Nov. 20. The documentary, by Andrew Rossi, takes place on college campuses and examines average students day-to-day lives.

“We wanted to get into the stream of students’ lives,” Rossi said in an interview with CNN. “We wanted to see what colleges were doing well for the students, and what they weren’t doing so well.”

According to The New York Times, tuition prices have risen 600 percent since 1985, while average consumer items have simply doubled. The documentary stands to not only question the validity of this model, but goes on to question the purpose of higher education in the U.S. for this generation.

The film received incredibly positive feedback following its premiere at the Sundance film festival in January of 2014. The film was rated one of the best documentaries of 2014 by Indiewire, and was called “a stimulating and upsetting look at how high tuition and huge student loans have created a perfect storm over American colleges,” by the Hollywood Reporter.

Student loan debt has just inched its way past the $1.25 billion mark, and more and more are beginning to question the validity of a piece of paper that loads students with an average debt of $26,500. The film premieres at 9 p.m. Nov. 20 on CNN.