Podcast: Calculating the ROI of Higher Education

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Martin Van Der Werf, of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, discusses the center’s project in which they attempt to rank colleges and universities on the return on investment of their degrees.

Van Der Werf, when asked why we should measure or care about ROI, says, “People just don’t have the time or the money to go and explore themselves in college anymore. It really has become a place where you go to get a credential that’s going to help you get into the workplace. So, I think colleges need to embrace this opportunity to talk to their consumers about what it is they’re getting from their education.”

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This podcast is created and produced by higher education experts Jeff Selingo and Michael Horn.  Selingo, a FutureEd senior fellow and former editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, is special advisor and professor of practice at Arizona State University, and a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities. Horn is chief strategy officer for the Entangled Group, an education investment firm,  and a senior partner at Entangled Solutions, an education consulting company.  Selingo and Horn can be contacted here. Future U is supported by the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, a partnership between Arizona State University and Georgetown University, and by Entangled Solutions.