Are we at a crossroads yet?

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Kevin Carey’s book “The End of College” published in 2015, provides readers with insights on the possible future of universities. Interviewed by U.S. News (read the interview in its entirety here),  Carey’s thoughts on the future of education, what’s wrong with education today, and how should parents and students look for educational opportunities in the future makes for an interesting read.

There are folks who believe that the book is now the end of Kevin Carey’s career (read Huffington Post) and folks who believe that the book’s tenets forecasts the wave of the future. National Public Radio (NPR), a privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization in the U.S. interviewed Mr Carey which makes for interesting listening too. (Click here to listen to the interview).

But who is Kevin Carey?

I thought it was important for readers to understand who Kevin Carey is. Following is his bio, which has been obtained from a variety of sources, most notably from his own bio located at

Kevin Carey is an American higher education writer and policy analyst who is:

  • Director of the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation
  • teaching education policy at Johns Hopkins University
  • guest editor of the annual Washington Monthly College Guide
  • a monthly columnist for The Chronicle of Higher Education

In the past, Carey has written for:

  • The New York Times
  • The New Republic
  • Slate
  • The American Prospect, plus many more

He has testified to the United States Senate and House of Representatives committees on education.

He has appeared as a commentator on CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, and other media outlets.

He has co-edited three books on education, including Stretching the Higher Education Dollar.

His writing was anthologized in Best American Legal Writing.

He has received an Education Writers Association award for commentary.

Carey served for eight years as policy director at Education Sector.

He served in various analyst roles at the Education Trust, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and the Indiana Senate Finance Committee. Between 1999 and 2001 he was Indiana’s Assistant State Budget Director for Education.

‘Nuff said.

Read the book, read the U.S. News piece or listen to NPR’s interview, and share what your (dear reader) thoughts are on the future of education.


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