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Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
Veiled behind a chucklesome fiction story, Dr. Ashley Oliphant's Higher Education: Chronicles of a Dumpster Fire reveals the corruption that is rendering today's education system rotten. Clary-Smith University's unjust administration and a needless army of twenty deans have become the source of a constant headache for its faculty. Although the administration is rejecting/ignoring the expenses to improve the university, they are expressing no remorse in approving needless and extravagant trips by deans and sports teams. The only rays of hope in this doomsday level of chaos are Dr. Olivia Green, the associate professor of English, and the Clary-Smith Clarion, the underground faculty newspaper. While Dr. Green (aka Livie) tackles the senseless and illogical deans with her commendable (and heavy with sarcasm) wit, the Clary-Smith Clarion highlights the deals that the administration is making behind closed doors, sprinkled with hilarious tidbits of gossip.
Dr. Ashley Oliphant has chosen quite a unique method of telling this hilarious tale. Rather than simply narrating the events, she has presented the faculty's frustration through their group chats, the University's condition through the faculty newspaper, the communication between the deans/administrators/president and the faculty through their email correspondences, and the efficiency of the professors through the students' feedback. Even though the incompetence of the deans was incomparable and annoying, the meeting notes proved to be the funniest bits in the book. The effect of reading Higher Education: Chronicles of a Dumpster Fire has been nothing less than taking a spa retreat; it was absolutely refreshing. I highly recommend Higher Education by Dr. Ashley Oliphant to everyone who is in need of a good laugh.