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What’s Next: Mapping the New Education Landscape

After more than a year “on the hustings” promoting the themes of my book, this week I begin a new reporting project at The Chronicle of Higher Education. We call it, Re:Learning | Mapping the New Education Landscape and in many ways, it marks a very logical next step for me after writing about the crisis (crises, really) in American Higher Education.

Here’s a link to our new page,

Talkin “Higher Ed in Crisis?” in Chicago

Had a great on-air chat with WBEZ Morning Shift’s Tony Sarabia on Thursday Oct 23rd.  Here’s a link to the show.  My segment started about 20 minutes in.

Not only did Tony have some smart questions but the callers were interesting too — worrying not only about student debt but the way the conversation about higher ed has shifted to one about whether college prepares us for a job or …

Book Launch ! T-minus 2 days and counting

On Tuesday The Chronicle and I played host to some 75 people – many of them longtime sources of mine in D.C. — for the first book party.  I was honored to have so many work colleagues there too, including the founder of The Chronicle, Corbin Gwaltney.

The book is just starting to get out there — the official publication date isn’t until Monday — and already I’ve been getting some great feedback. (At the …

What Surprised a Veteran Reporter (Me!) in Writing About the Crisis in Higher Ed

This week The Chronicle published an article by me on what surprised me as I wrote the book, even though I have been covering higher education for 26 years: “A Chronicle Reporter Wrote a Book About the Higher-Ed Crisis. These 5 Things Surprised Her the Most.”

If you scroll down to the end of the article, you can see the comments.

Lots of folks responded via Twitter as well. Here …

Coming this Fall, “American Higher Education in Crisis? What Everyone Needs to Know”

Higher education has never been more important and never faced more challenges. Rising costs, student debt, and public doubts about the value of college all are on the rise, while advocates and business interests increasingly see the sector as badly in need of reform.

This book, American Higher Education in Crisis? What Everyone Needs to Know, which I was asked to write by Oxford University Press, uses a breezy Q&A format to describe …