6/25/14 For the past month I have been traveling extensively for business (with one fun side trip to the College World Series!) and over the course of these travels I have had more discussions about the future of higher education and the student loan debt “crisis” than I can ever recall. The discussions have become more lively with President Obama’s recent action to address our nation’s rapidly increasing student loan debt outstanding and rising student loan default rates. These are discussions that need to take place with a healthy and well-informed debate on the future of higher education.
In an attempt to further motivate a discussion on the cost and future of higher education, I will be posting a series of four articles on the topic over the next couple of weeks. In this first article I offer references to recent mainstream media articles on the subject – to demonstrate the popularity of the topic and to establish a common starting point for continuing discussion. Also, I suggest following Jeff Selingo on social media (@jselingo on Twitter and on LinkedIn ) for ongoing and in-depth coverage of the topic. While there are many voices out there discussing the future of higher education, I have found Mr. Selingo’s perspective and data-driven approach to be especially insightful. He is the author of College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What it Means for Students and was the keynote speaker at the recent annual meeting of the Southwestern Business Deans Association. There was a hearty conversation about the future of higher education among my fellow business deans after Mr. Selingo’s presentation – the same conversation required of a broader audience. My hope is that this series sparks that conversation here on LinkedIn and beyond. Click here to view the rest of the article via The Future of Higher Education (1/4) | LinkedIn.