Higher Education Thought Leader, Washington Post Columnist & Best-Selling Author
Jeff Selingo is a New York Times bestselling author of three books on education and the job market. For more than twenty years, his in-depth reporting and powerful storytelling has provided practical insight about the future of higher education and the workforce to university leaders, corporate executives, as well as students and parents. Read More >
Book Trailer: Who Gets In and Why
Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions
The Value of a College Degree
Life After College
The Learning House
The Future of Higher Education
The global pandemic exposed challenges in higher education that had been festering for years, from the technology infrastructure to the student experience to the financial sustainability of many institutions. But in the long term, the staggering disruption to traditional higher education and the broader world of work during COVID-19 offers a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to radically reimagine how colleges and universities serve their students and the workforce they’re preparing them for. Based on findings from dozens of convenings Jeff has hosted over the last year with higher-education and workplace leaders, as well as research projects he led on the future of higher education and work, this talk will help college leaders better understand and prepare for the decade ahead.
The skills needed to keep up in almost any job increasingly churn at a faster rate. The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs report shows that 40% of core skills will change in the next five years, and 50% of all employees will need reskilling to support business growth. The need for regular upskilling and reskilling throughout life means that education is no longer something that young people will experience just once in their life. In this talk, Jeff examines the changing landscape of the workforce, the shifting definition of learning and learners, and explain how learning will be streamed in the future in much the same way we constantly stream music, television, and movies nowadays.
It’s the question on the minds of teenagers and their parents everywhere: how do colleges select their freshman class? For an entire admissions cycle, Jeff was embedded in three admissions offices — the University of Washington, Emory University, and Davidson College — and followed a group of high-school seniors through the process as well as players behind-the-scenes, including the marketers, the financial-aid consultants, and the rankers. The result was his book, which was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2020 by the New York Times. In this talk, Jeff will dispel the entrenched notions of how to compete and win at the admissions game, reveal why families have much to gain by broadening their notion of what qualifies as a “good” college, and explain how the Covid-19 pandemic will impact admissions in the long run.
There is a great reassessment going on in the U.S. economy. It’s happening on a lot of different levels. At the most basic level, people are hesitant to return to work. But there is also growing evidence that a lot of people want to do something different with their lives than they did before the pandemic. The coronavirus outbreak has had a dramatic psychological effect on workers, and people are reassessing what they want to do and how they want to work. In this talk, Jeff explains what he learned from the time he spent inside the hiring process at Fortune 500 companies and start-ups for his New York Times bestseller, There Is Life After College. This talk will help corporate leaders and managers understand the demands for upskilling and reskilling, how people analytics is reshaping the recruiting landscape, and the ways the job market is increasingly about skills and less about where talent went to school or their specific degree.
The pandemic accelerated changes in workplaces that have been unfolding for years. As organizations grow more digital and complex, their leaders need new skills and capabilities. Drawing on two and half decades of coaching leaders in and around higher education and in-depth research from his work with Arizona State’s University Design Institute and its College of Public Service, Jeff shows leaders how to employ lessons from large multi-national universities, ed-tech start-ups, and agile public service organizations in unleashing innovation and delivering bottom-line results.
“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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