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.
While the governing boards of public universities have long provided political plums that governors and senior legislators love to hand out, most state residents probably don’t know the oversight boards exist until there's a problem.
The traditional view about the life span of higher education is slowly beginning to change. One reason is that college graduates are realizing that the one-and-done approach to education after high school is no longer suitable for a workplace in which the skills to keep up in any job are churning at a faster rate.
It’s almost impossible to drive down the interstate, walk through an airport, or surf the web without seeing ads for an MBA degree. There’s good reason: At many colleges and universities, the traditional graduate business degree has fallen on hard times.
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.