A Book In My Future


So it’s official: I’m writing a book about the future of higher ed. The announcement was listed in Publishers Marketplace earlier this week.

The working title is College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students.

Given that a large part of the book will describe the coming disruptions to the traditional higher-ed model, it only seems appropriate that I chose to go with a publisher that is causing disruption in the book industry: Amazon. I signed on with a new division of Amazon Publishing, based in New York, which has recruited several authors in the last few months and has been the talk of the legacy publishing world.

Amazon will produce the e-book and its partner, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, will publish the print book in the spring of 2013.  A big thanks to my agent, John Thornton, for helping get this project to this point. My editor at Amazon is Katie Salisbury, formerly of Harper.

The schedule is ambitious, but with higher ed’s future changing by the month, I didn’t want to wait too long. The primary audience for this book will be students and parents, but I expect it will be of great interest to people within higher ed as well.

As I finish up reporting on the book in the coming months, I’d like your help. I plan to use this blog to test ideas, and share excerpts for discussion. And I want your suggestions, particularly of institutions that are doing innovative things that are already showing results.

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I look forward to what’s ahead.