A Clash of Perspectives on the Bubble

by Jay Schalin

Jeff Selingo’s College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students isn’t going to draw tepid responses from readers. An editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education, Selingo is something of a “bubble hawk” who sees great changes coming to academia due to technical innovations and the growing problem of student debt.

Ursinus College political-science professor Jonathan Marks isn’t sold on many of Selingo’s assertions, particularly the idea that students will be able to patch together a quality education from many sources, picking and choosing a variety of institutions and courses as if college were a cable-television package. At the Pope Center site, he presents a different perspective in his review of Selingo’s book.