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A newsletter about what’s ahead for higher education. From Jeff Selingo, an expert who helps parents, university leaders, and business executives navigate the changing landscape.

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.

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?

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.

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.