Premiering in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and nominated for an Emmy for Best Business and Financial Reporting, Ivory Tower tackles the searing question, "Is college worth the cost?" From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, to the front lines of the student debt protest movement, filmmaker Andrew Rossi assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point.
Through profiles at Arizona State, Cooper Union, and San Jose State - among several others - Ivory Tower reveals how colleges in the United States, long regarded as leaders in higher education, came to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. Along the way we also find unique programs, from Stanford, to the free desert school Deep Springs, to the historically black all women's college Spelman, where the potential for life - changing college experiences endure. Ultimately, Ivory Tower asks, what price will society pay if higher education cannot revolutionize college as we know it and evolve a sustainable economic model?
Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films in partnership with Participant Media and Paramount Pictures. Broadcast by CNN.
"An astonishingly thorough tour of the university landscape." - Frank Bruni, The New York Times
"A stimulating and upsetting look at how high tuition and huge student loans have created a perfect storm over American colleges." - Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter