Next: The Future of Higher Education

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A newsletter about what's ahead for higher education. From an expert who helps parents, university leaders, and business executives navigate the changing landscape.

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Is higher ed's brand being tarnished with concerns about cost, political bias, and whether college adequately prepares graduates?


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✏️Are you tired of all the references to No. 2 pencils yet? It seems the ubiquitous yellow writing instrument has made its way into every news story about the College Board’s announcement last week that the SAT is going fully digital. As an aside before we ge…


3-Year Degree | Gap Year That Wasn't | Future Campus Library

Previous efforts to speed up the BA degree have failed. Might this time be different?


As California Goes, So Goes the Nation?

Last week, the University of California system—which called for eliminating the ACT/SAT as an admissions requirement as far back as 2001—finally closed the book on testing.


The Money and Prestige Issue

The rise in income inequality over the past several decades has been well documented, but could it also be to blame for higher college tuition, too?


Making Sense of It All

Is the pandemic for higher ed what the summer of 1995 was for newspapers?


Knowing the Why of Admissions

How transparent should colleges be about their admissions process? Does too much information just lead to even more questions?


What the Fall of 2020 Means for the Autumns Ahead

We’re getting a clearer picture of last fall with the release of several reports this past week. As expected, the data show basically everything is down—from enrollment to revenue to the number of SAT test takers.


Student Success and Pembroke University

This fall, colleges will be expected to find ways to re-engage students or risk losing them to other institutions or having them drop out altogether.


An August of Books About College—Debt, Athletics, and Getting In

Seven new books are coming out about higher ed in the coming weeks. Here's a preview.


The Return of 'Animal House' this Fall?

We’re all trying to be social again after a year of keeping our distance from friends, family, and workplaces. There are awkward moments—what to say, how not to just talk after a year of so many things to say.For teenagers—indeed, all kids—time with their pee…


Free Mozzarella Sticks or a College Degree?

Nearly everywhere you go, there are Help Wanted signs. Even amid a glut of jobs—and despite a relatively high unemployment rate—the federal government reported this week nearly 4 million Americans still quit their job in April, the most on record.What’s happe…


Learning, Streaming, and the Creator Economy

That’s how Unilever’s chief human resources officer, Leena Nair, described the post-pandemic workforce in an interview this week with Time magazine. The maker of everything from Dove soap to Hellman’s mayonnaise is trying out a four-day workweek in New Zealan…


While Colleges Weren't Looking

In an admissions year that was like no other, most colleges focused on the challenges right in front of them. Few peered very far into the future because they know if they did, the outlook didn’t get any better.What’s happening: College leaders have known for…


The Post-Pandemic Gen Z

The trappings of a normal campus life were largely absent for many students this past academic year. The remote learning experience that replaced the traditional residential experience was seen as lacking by many Gen Zers and their parents.Higher ed took a hi…


Growing the Highly Rejectives

Last week, in a Washington Post op-ed, I laid out the argument that highly selective schools should expand their undergraduate enrollment. It’s not a new idea, of course. Indeed, just a few days before my piece landed, David Kirp suggested in the New York Tim…


When Predictions Fail

Among all aspects of higher education, admissions is perhaps the most tradition-bound due to its recruiting calendars and campus tours, common application deadlines, and rigid rating scales for assessing applicants.What’s happening: The rule in admissions is …


A Year and Change

On Saturday, the image above popped up as a “memory” on my phone. It was from a year ago—10:25 a.m. on March 6, 2020. I was returning on an early morning flight from Dallas Love Field to Washington National Airport.This picture is looking out on the tarmac fr…


The End of Spring Break?

Years ago, when I was a reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education, a president of a major public university told me about a years-long effort by the institution’s faculty senate to tweak the academic calendar. The goal? To extend Thanksgiving Break to las…


The Hybrid Campus | Are Smaller Colleges Better?

COVID-19 prompted a swift pivot to remote learning across higher ed, exposing challenges in the technological infrastructure and financial sustainability that had been festering at many institutions for yearsWhat’s happening: Emergency remote education inspir…