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Jeffrey  Selingo

Jeffrey Selingo

Washington Post Columnist & Author


Jeff Selingo is a contributing editor at The Atlantic, and his writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. He is the author of three books, including the New York Times bestseller, There Is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow. He is currently working on his next book about a year in the life of college admissions—who gets in and why—to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2020. Read More >

He is a special advisor to the president at Arizona State University, where he is the founding director of the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, a partnership between Arizona State and Georgetown University. He is also a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities.

Jeff is the former top editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education, where he worked for 16 years in a variety of reporting and editing roles. His work has been honored with awards from the Education Writers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Associated Press.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the board of trustees at Ithaca College. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Washington, D.C. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

The Value of a College Degree

Life After College

College (Un)Bound

The Learning House

The Future of Higher Education

Speech Topics

There Is Life After College: Making the Most of the Undergraduate Years for Success in Life

It’s not good enough anymore to simply gain admission to college and then roll into the job market a few years later. How students go to college—the undergraduate experiences they take advantage of on campuses—matters to how they launch into the job market. Based on research from his New York Times bestselling book and a national survey of twentysomethings, the audience will learn the three primary ways today’s graduates launch from college and how their experiences come to shape the beginning of their careers. This talk is aimed at college leaders, school counselors, employers as well as students and their parents. Among other things, the audience will: Read More >

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  • Gain insight into how young adults can better navigate the route from high school through college and into the economy where the world of work and jobs are changing.
  • Discover the fundamental experiences in and out of school that shape success in the job market today.
  • Learn the skills that prove most helpful, and why some students prosper, while others fail.
  • Hear a hopeful, inspiring blueprint to help alleviate anxiety about preparing for life after college.

2027: The Decade Ahead for Higher Education

What changes are in store for higher education over the next decade? It’s a question being asked by college leaders, faculty members, policy makers, and of course, students and parents. Higher education is on the cusp of far-reaching changes over the next decade where technology is playing a larger role and students, parents, and educators alike are asking what colleges should teach and how learning should be measured in an era of shifting needs in the economy. Drawing on research from his bestselling book, College (Un)Bound, and a follow-up report he authored for The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2016, the audience for this talk includes college leaders, faculty members, policymakers, and high-school administrators. Among their key takeaways: Read More >

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  • Discover the attributes of a new era of higher education, how it differs from the past, and what it means for the future of colleges and universities.
  • Learn about the students of the next decade, and hear about the demographic changes coming to campuses.
  • Hear about the numerous learning pathways that students might follow ten years from now and the credentials they’ll receive from that learning.
  • Understand the role technology will play and the value of the physical campus.