Higher Education Thought Leader, Washington Post Columnist & Best-Selling Author
Jeff Selingo is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, College (Un)Bound and There Is Life After College. For more than twenty years, he has provided insight and practical advice to students, parents, educators, and academic leaders about the inner workings of colleges and universities and what’s next for higher education. Read More >
Book Trailer: Who Gets In and Why
The Value of a College Degree
Life After College
The Learning House
The Future of Higher Education
In an age of instantaneous communication and feedback, surrounded by Amazon 1-click, Netflix preferences, Instagram likes, and Google answers, college campuses remain stuck in an era with an amalgamation of processes, paper, and people sitting in various departments. Now, consumer expectations are now spilling over to higher education. COVID-19 exposed dissatisfaction with the student experience in college and institutions realized that many of their student success efforts were stuck on auto-pilot. The decade ahead in higher education will be about using data, deploying technology, and rethinking legacy structures to make the student experience seamless.
The pandemic has upended the college search for so many high-school students. And while some old rules of the admissions game no longer apply, teenagers are still competing on the same playing field. Read More >
Drawing on research from two years spent inside the admissions process—including sitting besides application readers at three selective schools—this talk from Jeff helps students, parents, and high school counselors better understand the shifting landscape and what it takes to get into a top college. Among the key takeaways: Read Less ^
Admissions has long been the front door to college, controlled by institutional priorities and enrollment management strategies. Now a global pandemic promises to reshape how students arrive at college and the playing field for admissions. Read More >
Based on research from his new book from two years embedded in the college admissions process, Jeff lays out how colleges can best prepare for the decade ahead by meeting students where they are and improving their value proposition in the marketplace. Among the key takeaways: Read Less ^
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 >
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 >
“On behalf of our College Guidance Department, I can say that we were completely thrilled with the event. It was well attended and the feedback is revealing that our audience loved the event. I so appreciated Jeff's candor and light touch as he weaved so many important messages through our discussion. Many of his soundbites were priceless (and leveling) for our audience. I hope to be able to cross paths with Jeff again. Although, I fully expect to take up space on future Zoom screens as a bit of a Selingo groupie!”
"Jeff was a 10 out of 10. He brought clarity (and facts) to admissions, a topic so riddled with misinformation."
"It was a perfect day. Jeff was flexible and easy to work with. He led a wonderful dinner conversation, his book talk was thoughtful and well received, and most of all, he spent time talking with our students and providing advice."
“On behalf of all of us at NJCU, Jeff’s visit to NJCU was outstanding!! We were very, very pleased with his presentation at Convocation, and enjoyed his being on campus immensely. I can’t thank you and Jeff enough for his appearance here and words of encouragement to our students and faculty!!”
"Jeff was beyond knowledgeable and really provided a thoughtful leadership point of view for us and our attendees. We had folks tweeting out messages that Jeff had discussed. We also appreciated his panel moderation to which he lent expert opinion backed by fact that really increased a perception of credibility."
"Thank you to you and to all of your team members for helping to make Jeff Selingo’s participation at Campus Technology 2017 possible. We were delighted that he was able to join us in Chicago to share his perspective on “2027: The Decade Ahead for Higher Education” with our conference audience. Attendees were very engaged with his ideas and Jeff did a very effective job answering questions. He also stayed to chat with a few attendees after the talk, even though he had a very short time to spare until his travel to O’Hare for his return flight."
"Jeff was fantastic! While the content is sobering, Jeff's delivery and knowledge make it easy to comprehend. Now it's up to us to make sure we innovate to meet the demands of a rapidly changing market. Thanks for your help in making Jeff's presentation so thought-provoking and inspiring."
"It was great! He was so flexible and wonderful to work with. We had a wonderful dinner with amazing conversation. The book discussion was very thoughtful and well received, and the final session was solid as well. Thank you so much for all of your help making this happen. I think we will continue this campus conversation for a long time!"
"It was a great keynote! He was an excellent addition to our conference. We heard great feedback from the audience—attendees felt like he understood issues that they were dealing with on a daily basis. The room was packed!"
"First of all I would like to thank you for your assistance. It was pleasure to working with you! Jeffrey’s session went very well and we were very pleased to have him on board. I have spoken to the Chair and few others who gave me positive feedback. Thank you very much again."
"Jeff did a fantastic job for us last week! He was completely in his element, relaxed and got on famously with the audience. He hit a home and, as always, was a delight to work with."
"Jeff was engaging and well-prepared, and provided the board some new things to consider. Thank you again for securing him for us!"
"Everything went very well - Jeff was perfect to kick off our retreat and did a great job of interacting with the presidents. Logistics were flawless."
“It is good every now and then for those of us who work in higher education – both faculty and staff – to hear from someone who sees the role of colleges in universities through a different prism. Jeff Selingo did not disappoint. He delivered great information and keen observations based on solid research.”
"Jeff did a great job out our conference. Both our clients and our team really liked his presentation and the data he shared."
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