This book was a real breath of fresh air about where students can be educated, really educated, outside of the "name" universities. The quote, "I fear that liberal education in the research universities, despite the recent hoopla, is a project in ruins.", written in 2005 by Dr. Stanley N. Katz, director of Princeton's Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies who is himself a Harvard University alum, starts off the book.But liberal education outside of the Ivies is alive and well in the four year liberal arts colleges, especially the ones investigated and tracked and monitored by the author over a 30 year period. That is the premise of "Colleges that Change Lives", and I admit being encouraged after reading the first few chapters, and then the regional section on colleges near where we live.Recommended for anyone who wants to know if you can go to college and really get educated, instead of being treated like a cog in a huge machine that spits out identically molded widgets. This version is the 2006-2007 version, which was a 10 year follow up on the 40 colleges the author investigated in 1996. I understand that Loren Pope died in 2008.