Jeff has written about higher education for more than two decades and is a New York Times bestselling author of three books. His latest, Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions, was published in September 2020. A regular contributor to The Atlantic, Jeff is a special advisor for innovation and professor of practice at Arizona State University. He also co-hosts the podcast FutureU.
New momentum for the 3-year degree
Colleges are reconsidering degree requirements and how to give credit for outside-the-classroom experiences that students value but often don’t count toward the bachelor’s degree.
December 9, 2021
As California goes, so goes the nation?
Colleges that made test optional a "temporary policy" during the pandemic are weighing whether to extend it yet again for a third year of applicants. Last week, the University of California decided to close the book on testing.
November 23, 2021
Could the rise in income inequality be to blame for the rise in tuition?
Yes, one expert says. Most colleges are stuck in a vicious financial cycle right now.
November 15, 2021
Making sense of it all
Some leaders are looking forward to a “post-pandemic future” that could come as soon as spring. But what does that mean? A return to 2019? Or a radically different model?
October 27, 2021
Knowing the why of admissions
Every heartbroken applicant denied by their dream school thinks they deserve to know why. How transparent should admissions be?
September 28, 2021
What the fall of 2020 means for the autumns ahead
Unlike the Great Recession, which knocked even wealthy colleges off their footing, the pandemic is only accelerating a great separation in higher ed. The rich got richer over the last 18 months. For some colleges, it will be very difficult to play catch-up.
September 16, 2021
A lost class
The college graduating class of 2024 is poised to have smaller numbers of students going forward until commencement and people who struggle to keep up after a year of remote learning.
August 31, 2021
An August of books about college: debt, athletics, and getting in
If you’re into non-fiction, have kids in the college search or going off to college, or work in and around campuses, this is the month for books about higher ed.
July 27, 2021
The return of ‘Animal House’ this fall?
As college officials begin planning for the return to some normalcy on campuses this fall, they’re worried about how students will handle the re-entry to college life.
June 29, 2021
Free mozzarella sticks or a college degree?
In a suddenly hot job market, employers determined to lure new employees and keep existing ones are turning to new incentives, including education.
June 10, 2021