Dale Stephens is the founder of Uncollege and their innovative Gap Year program which partners with universities to make the higher education practical and experiential. In May 2011, at age nineteen, Stephens was selected out of thousands of individuals around the world as a Thiel Fellow, a program recognizing the top young entrepreneurs around the world. Penguin published his book, Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands and Learn More than Your Peers Ever Will, in April 2013. He wrote the book because of his unique perspective on the future of education: he left school at age twelve. He is a sought-after education expert and regularly appears in national and international media including New York Magazine, CNN, ABC, NPR, and CBS. His writing has been published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Forbes. Stephens speaks regularly at high-profile events around the world. He has debated education at TED 2012, lectured at the New York Times, and spoken to C-level executives at NBC Universal, among many other engagements. Forbes has recognized him as a 30 Under 30 Leader in education.
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Future of Higher Education

Dale Stephens

It’s no secret that college doesn’t prepare students for the real world. Student loan debt recently eclipsed credit card debt for the first time in history and now tops 1 trillion dollars. And the throngs of unemployed graduates chasing the same jobs makes us wonder whether there’s a better way to “make it” in today’s marketplace.

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