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Alumni Look Back In Anger

In attempting to emulate the concierge-like career services model at selective universities, regional publics and community colleges are creating a job mirage and contributing to alumni anger.

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Practitioners, Not Teachers, Will Dominate...

Tag line: In online learning, the biggest difference between self-proclaimed experts and real experts is that real experts are too busy with their day jobs to think about packaging and selling courses.

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Scary Story: The Decline And Fall...

Within the current nursing school timeframe, no amount of work-integrated learning or clinical rotations could allow nurses to master hundreds of care protocols before taking the NCLEX. What’s needed is on-the-job training, which takes time...

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About Ryan Craig

Ryan Craig is the author of College Disrupted (2015) and A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College (2018), which was named in the Wall Street Journal as one the Books of the Year for 2018. His commentary on the skills gap and higher education appears regularly in Forbes, TechCrunch, Inside Higher Education, Fortune, HR Dive, and VentureBeat, among others. His passion is trailblazing new pathways from education to employment and imagining a more student-centric future for higher education.

Ryan is Managing Director of Achieve Partners. Prior to Achieve, Ryan built University Ventures into one of the largest investors in the education sector. Ryan started his career at Warburg Pincus where he was the founding Director of Bridgepoint Education, one of the largest online universities in the United States, now Zovio (NASDAQ: ZVO). His prior experience in online education was at Columbia University. From 2004 to 2010, Ryan founded and built Wellspring, a national network of boarding schools and summer camps for overweight and obese children, adolescents, and young adults. He began his career at McKinsey & Co.

Ryan received bachelor's degrees summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, and his law degree from the Yale Law School.

Ryan lives in Pacific Palisades, CA with his wife Yahlin Chang and their three boys.


With millions of unfilled jobs, technology skill requirements advancing at a breakneck pace, tens of millions of workers out of position relative to what employers are seeking, and postsecondary education and workforce development systems that have largely refused to budge, we need unprecedented innovation in order to rekindle the American Dream of continued growth and shared opportunity. While traditional colleges and universities must play a leading role, the socioeconomic solutions we need won’t only come from higher education, but from a range of public, not-for-profit, and private actors, and via new pathways that may not be immediately recognizable as education or training.

The biweekly Gap Letter, successor to the UV Letter (2011-18), aspires to keep readers apprised of the latest ideas and developments in higher education and at the intersection of education and employment with a perspective that aims for candid and never boring. Thanks for your consideration.

- Ryan Craig

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