As season three of the FutureU podcast comes to a close, Micheal Horn and Jeff Selingo reflect upon the disturbances that higher education has faced this year and discuss future issues to come.
One of Selingo’s chief concerns is the role that state budget cuts will play in the coming year. He says “Public universities, after the last recession, it took them years to recover. The question for me is what’s going to happen with state budgets going into this fall. We know that enrollment in public universities has gone way up in recent years and we know that it also may happen coming out of this pandemic as students, parents, and adult students look for less expensive options. So the question is are we going to see the same thing happen a second time around where we see a big state disinvestment in higher education that takes years to recover from.”
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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.
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