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Jeff Selingo
An author, reporter, columnist, and leading authority on higher education, Jeff Selingo, has spent his journalism career covering colleges and universities worldwide.

His forthcoming book, College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, to be released on May 7, will explore the college of future – how families will pay, what campuses will look like, and how students will learn and prove their value in the job market.

He is editor at large of The Chronicle of Higher Education and a senior fellow at Education Sector, an independent education think tank in Washington, DC.

From 2007 until 2011, he was editor of The Chronicle, where he worked for 15 years in a variety of reporting and editing roles. His work has been honored with awards from the Education Writers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Associated Press, and he was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.

He has been a featured speaker before dozens of national higher-education groups and appears regularly on regional and national radio and television programs, including NPR, ABC, and CBS. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and he is part of the inaugural class of thought leaders writing for LinkedIn Today.

He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in government from the Johns Hopkins University.

Entries by Jeff Selingo

The Outdated Bachelor's Degree

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 11:04 PM

The 1.7 million students who graduated from American colleges and universities in recent months, their newly minted bachelor's degrees in hand, face bleak prospects. Their average student-loan debt is some $33,000. The underemployment rate for recent graduates is 44 percent, meaning the jobs many get won't require the bachelor's degrees...

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President Sees an Obamacare Solution to Higher Ed's Problems

(4) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 3:18 PM

Higher ed, welcome to Obamacare.

Frustrated by how his policies of the past four years haven't stalled rising college-tuition prices or moved the needle on the number of students, particularly low-income students, graduating from college, President Obama took on the higher-ed establishment on Thursday, declaring bluntly that the federal...

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

(4) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 8:28 PM

Even as President Obama, a handful of governors, and several private foundations continue to push American higher education to graduate more students so that the United States has the world's highest portion of people with college credentials, a sobering report recently in The New York Times detailed the real-world...

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An Evolution Instead of a Revolution in Higher Ed

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 6:38 AM

Ever since the country's top universities teamed up last year in loose federations to offer free online classes to the masses, MOOCs have become a household word in higher-education circles. They remain a sensation and a curiosity on the higher-ed conference circuit this winter, where nearly every meeting seems...

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Let's Improve First-Year Courses for College Students

(6) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 10:22 AM

One of the many criticisms about the current fascination with massive open online courses, or MOOC's, is that they fail to improve on a basic pedagogical problem that many universities face: the large size of lecture classes. Indeed, MOOC's exacerbate the problem by enrolling tens of thousands of students rather...

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More Detours Needed on Path to College

(2) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 2:07 PM

Every spring, millions of 18-year-olds graduate from high school and start on one of three paths: college, the military or work.

College is the choice encouraged most often by high-school guidance counselors, and for good reason. By 2020, two out of every three jobs will require some sort of higher...

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Let's Expand Our Definition of Education After High School

(8) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 11:06 PM

Much is made of President Obama's goal that by 2020, the United States will lead the world in the proportion of college graduates. Less often discussed is that the president and others have also challenged Americans to commit to at least one year of education or training past high school.

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Skills Gap? Employers and Colleges Point Fingers at Each Other

(55) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 12:48 PM

For much of the first decade of the new millennium, Samuel J. Palmisano and A.G. Lafley led two of the biggest names in American business: IBM and Procter & Gamble. By the time they were named chief executive officers, the two iconic companies were in need of the makeovers the...

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Struggling to Launch

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 12:31 PM

How much responsibility do colleges bear in helping launch the careers of their new graduates?

Until recently, not much. Many colleges followed the same tired playbook year after year: a career office tucked away in a corner of the campus, employer fairs, visits from corporate recruiters, and then, six months...

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An Alternative Admissions Path to Elite Colleges?

(4) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 12:14 PM

When Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced this month that they were forming a partnership to offer online courses free to the masses, they pledged $60 million to the effort, dubbed edX. That's about twice the median budget of four-year colleges and universities in the United...

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Measuring the Value of a Degree and the Purpose of College

(6) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 8:36 AM

Part I of my conversations with students at six colleges and universities about the future of higher ed happened to appear the same day there was yet another announcement that has the potential to chip away at the legacy system. The biggest name brand in higher ed, Harvard University,...

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What Do Today's Students Think About the Future of Higher Ed? You Might Be Surprised

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 11:30 AM

"Do you actually believe in this stuff?" one of my colleagues at The Chronicle of Higher Education asked me last week.

The stuff he was referring to were the disruptive innovations that are supposed to revolutionize how higher ed is delivered in this country, a topic I've been writing...

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Education Innovators Preaching (as Usual) to the Choir

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 1:16 PM

Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Michael Crow, the ubiquitous president of Arizona State University, opened the Education Innovation Summit here this week by giving his views of what ails higher ed. He called it "filiopietism," or the excessive veneration of tradition. Not enough students are coming into the system, he...

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One Solution for the Precarious Future of Small Colleges

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 12:14 PM

In discussions about the future of higher education, there's often plenty of hand-wringing over the precarious fate of the hundreds of small, tuition-dependent private colleges scattered throughout the country. With many of them located in out-of-the-way places, their isolation means that merging or even collaborating with other institutions to reduce...

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For the Have-Nots, the Rocky Road Through College

(3) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 11:15 PM

In public forums about the drastic changes that higher ed may undergo in the coming years, one question inevitably gets asked of those advocating market disruption: Would the alternatives to the traditional degree pathway be good enough for their own children?

The answers are always nuanced, and I have never...

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Student Swirl and the Coming Threat to Higher Education

(10) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 12:09 PM

College campuses are full of long-held assumptions about how academe works. A perilous one for the future of American higher education is that high-school students pick a college, enroll, and -- two or four years later -- graduate from the same institution.

That pathway hasn't been the norm for a...

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Taking Some of the Guesswork Out of the Value-of-College Question

(3) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 1:35 PM

The lifetime wage premium that accompanies a college degree has long been the best selling point for colleges trying to attract students. The marketing pitch went something like this: Don't worry how much you spend on our degree, we all know that getting a college credential is worth it.

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'Free Market' Will Lead to Lower Tuition? Good Luck.

(16) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 12:14 PM

President Obama couldn't have picked a more opportune time to put colleges on notice about their rising costs. Within days of threatening colleges with the loss of some federal aid during his State of the Union address, hundreds of private-college presidents descended on Washington for their annual meeting. A...

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A Student-Centered Future for Higher Ed

(6) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 4:55 PM

The "disruption" of the higher-ed market is a popular refrain these days. Rising tuition prices and student debt have left many wondering if the current model is indeed broken and whether those like Harvard's Clay Christensen are right when they say that innovations in course delivery will eventually displace...

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The Value Gap

(4) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 7:47 AM

Since the late 1970s, when some type of a college education essentially became a requirement for a solid, sustainable, middle-class job, the cost of that education has skyrocketed.

The annual price tag for a college credential has risen about three times as fast as inflation, and there is no sign...

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