Let’s Kill the Prestige Race Before It Kills Higher Ed

One knock on publicly traded companies is that their leaders’ judgment is sometimes clouded by the intense drive for profits to please the short-term demands of Wall Street.

In the nonprofit sector of higher ed, profit is often measured by prestige. The drive for prestige often clouds the judgment of trustees and presidents, leading them to veer from their mission and, for the last decade or so, to go on a spending spree to keep up with the Joneses in terms of campus amenities or try to climb in…


Five Ways Free Online Classes Will Change College (or Not)

Nothing moves fast in higher ed, except for MOOCs. A year ago very few people had heard of the acronym for Massive Open Online Course. Now stories about the courses attracting tens of thousands of people for free are almost a weekly occurrence in The New York Times. Times columnist Tom Friedman writes about MOOCs [...]


Best Advice: In the Game of Life, Know the Rule of Thirds

As college prices rise and the unemployment level of college graduates remains at usually high levels, many parents and students are asking more questions about what a degree from a specific college will do for them after graduation. Too many of today’s college students are drifting and struggling to launch after graduation. That’s why we [...]


Are Career-Oriented Majors a Waste of a 4-Year Higher Education?

There is a place for purely practical training programs after high school, writes Jeff Selingo, but the question is whether they belong at expensive four-year colleges.


Lowering the Price of the Valuable Campus Experience

My recent post on why the campus experience still matters in an age of digital learning prompted an outpouring of comments. One consistent theme was that the face-to-face experience might be superior, but it is increasingly out of financial reach for a growing segment of students and their families. No doubt about that. We all [...]


Value Evolution, Not Just Revolution, in Higher Ed

Lost in the debate over MOOCs is that they are an important evolutionary moment—not a revolutionary development—for the future of academe, writes Jeff Selingo.


Why the College Campus Experience Still Matters

Talk about the future of higher education often reminds me of The Jetsons, the 1960’s era cartoon that imagined a tomorrow of flying cars, homes hovering in space, robot maids, and holograms. College will certainly be different in 20 years, but my belief after spending a year and half researching a book about the future [...]


Higher Ed’s Biggest Problem: What’s It For?

The lack of consensus about what the higher-education system in the United States should be producing, writes Jeff Selingo, is largely to blame for the pressures facing colleges today.


Finally, a Path Toward Solutions to the Crisis in Higher Ed

A meeting on the future of academe had all the right players in the room, writes Jeff Selingo. Now we just need to get them to talk with one another instead of at one another.


The Education Revolution Opens Up the Path Less Taken

Prestige and quality are often conflated in higher education, writes Jeff Selingo, leading colleges to be risk averse.