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Scott Carlson

Senior Writer
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Scott Carlson is a senior writer who explores where higher education is headed. Follow him on Twitter @carlsonics, or write him at

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Stories by this Author

  • Aging Facilities

    The Backlog That Could Threaten Higher Ed’s Viability

    Campuses went on a decades-long building boom. The bill for maintaining them, which has rarely been fully met, is coming due.
  • College and the Work Force

    What Employers Are Saying About Higher Ed

    For many companies, decisions about how much education to require are not simple.
  • The Edge

    Working the Public-Perception Problem

    As colleges face internal and external pressures that predate the pandemic, doubt over ROI needs urgent attention.
  • Profession in Transition

    ‘Libraries Are the Great Equalizers’

    Librarians sound off on how their jobs and institutions are changing.
  • One More Talk

    What Higher Ed’s History Can Tell Us About the Present

    Preparing his final lecture before he retires, John Thelin hopes recent disruptions will prompt college leaders to revisit some of the sector’s most essential questions.
  • The Evolving Campus

    How Colleges Can Revive Climate Goals

    “Sustainability” may not have the buzz of 2008, but it’s re-emerging in institutional risk management, and higher ed has a responsibility to experiment — and team up with local communities.
  • The Evolving Campus

    The Risks Behind Your Walls

    Colleges are not prioritizing — or cannot afford — deferred maintenance. How can they begin to grapple with backlogs in the billions?
  • The Evolving Campus

    What We Now Know About Campus Space and Student Success

    The future is hybrid classrooms, virtual support services, and listening to students, we hear on the first episode of a new, three-part podcast series.
  • Podcast

    The Evolving Campus

    Changing spaces in higher ed
  • Value of Education

    What’s a College Degree Worth?

    The imperfect science and contested methods of measuring the return on investment of college.