portrait of Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.

Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.

Mark J. Drozdowski is a senior writer with BestColleges. He has 30 years of experience in higher education as a faculty member and university administrator. A former columnist for The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed, Mark has written articles, essays and op-eds for dozens of publications, including The New York Times Magazine. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in American history from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree and doctorate in higher education from Harvard University.

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