Selingo is a regular contributor to Grade Point. He is the author of There Is Life After College, a book about how today’s graduates launch into their careers, and the best-selling College (Un)Bound. He is former editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education, a professor of practice at Arizona State University, a trustee of Ithaca College and a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech's Center for 21st Century Universities.
A fundamental transformation is underway in how we access education throughout our lives. In many ways, this behavior in education mimics that of the broader economy where consumers are increasingly seeking alternatives to legacy businesses.
As we enter the third decade of the new millennium, rather than use higher education as a balance wheel in the state budget, lawmakers working with college officials need to develop a new model of public higher education.
The image of the modern undergraduate is no longer one that packs up the family minivan three months after high school graduation to move away to college for four years. More than one-third of college students today transfer at least once before earning a bachelor’s degree.
A record number of applications and historically low acceptance rates at many selective universities have shifted the conversation about what it takes to secure a spot on the nation’s most elite campuses. That confusion among applicants is likely to grow with the announcement by the University of Chicago that it will no longer require SAT or ACT scores to admit American students.