Jeffrey J. Selingo

Jeffrey Selingo, a special adviser and professor of practice at Arizona State University, is the author of “Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions."
Latest from Jeffrey J. Selingo

Harvard and its peers should be embarrassed about how few students they educate

Their minuscule admissions rates are a sign of failure, not success.

April 8, 2021

Covid-19 will make college admissions even easier for the elite

Admissions officers will be relying on high schools they know best.

October 5, 2020

Making the grade still matters — at least in college admissions

While grades ultimately don’t matter in getting a job, they are very important in relation to another one of life’s selection processes: college admissions.

December 14, 2018

Can tech and the humanities exist side by side? Can they afford not to?

The two sides of America's education divide — tech and the humanities — are coming together in a unique partnership to make students more employable.

December 1, 2018

For U.S. colleges, playing the great expectations game comes at a cost

Americans expect a great deal from their colleges and universities. Few other institutions, if any, in our society have so many aspirational and disparate missions.

November 16, 2018

Public university governing boards oversee multibillion-dollar operations. They should start acting like it.

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.

November 2, 2018

It’s college application season — and it’s not just students looking for the right fit

In general, college admission is not really about the applicant. It’s about the institution, its mission and its priorities.

October 26, 2018

The new job for life: Learning

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.

October 12, 2018

MBA enrollment is down again. What’s the future of the degree?

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.

October 7, 2018

How the Great Recession changed higher education forever

The immediate impact of the Great Recession eventually faded on college campuses, but the scars of the financial crisis remain with higher education in three significant ways.

September 21, 2018