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 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.
For generations, few colleges paid much attention to students who left short of a degree. That attitude started to shift in the last two decades as federal statistics revealed a little more than half of students graduated.
Generally, people who enter the job market during an economic downturn start with lower wages than those who graduate in better times, and it takes those who start behind a decade or more to catch up — if they ever do.
Once the backwater of higher education, online learning is now mainstream. More than 6.3 million students took at least one online class in 2016. That represents 32 percent of all students in higher education.