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Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.

portrait of 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 university administrator and faculty member and teaches writing at Johns Hopkins University. 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.

Contributions

News
College Grads Regret Majoring in Humanities Fields
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
September 27, 2022 • ~5 Min Read
News
Majoring in Comedy Is No Laughing Matter
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
September 14, 2022 • ~5 Min Read
News
Columbia Drops to No. 18 in Latest College Ranking
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
September 13, 2022 • ~2 Min Read
News
Is Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan Fair?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
September 2, 2022 • ~5 Min Read
News
The Dawning Age of the Metaversity
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
August 26, 2022 • ~4 Min Read
News
“568 Cartel” Antitrust Lawsuit Could Cost Elite Universities Billions
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
August 19, 2022 • ~3 Min Read
News
Do You Still Need a Bachelor’s Degree?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
August 18, 2022 • ~4 Min Read
News
Columbia Faces Class-Action Lawsuits Amid Rankings Scandal
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
August 15, 2022 • ~4 Min Read
News
Envisioning the Future of College Football
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
August 12, 2022 • ~5 Min Read
News
Supreme Court Schedules Affirmative Action Cases for Oct. 31
Matthew Arrojas, Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
August 3, 2022 • ~1 Min Read
News
Supreme Court Separates Harvard, UNC-Chapel Hill Affirmative Action Cases
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
August 1, 2022 • ~5 Min Read
News
Columbia Loses No. 2 Spot in College Ranking. Now What?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
July 15, 2022 • ~6 Min Read
News
Should Notre Dame Join the Big Ten?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
July 8, 2022 • ~5 Min Read
News
Who Really Benefits From Early Decision in College Admissions?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
July 6, 2022 • ~5 Min Read
News
7 Challenges Threatening the Future of Higher Education
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
June 27, 2022 • ~5 Min Read
News
6 Challenges Facing Harvard’s Next President
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
June 23, 2022 • ~5 Min Read
News
Erasing the Community College Stigma
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
June 13, 2022 • ~5 Min Read
News
Is Student Loan Forgiveness a Good Idea?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
June 7, 2022 • ~5 Min Read
News
How Inflation Impacts College Students
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
May 25, 2022 • ~5 Min Read
News
The Most Notable Commencement Speeches of 2022
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
May 20, 2022 • ~3 Min Read
News
How Top Universities Are Tackling the Climate Crisis
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
May 19, 2022 • ~4 Min Read
News
Controversies Swirl Around Honorary Degrees
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
May 11, 2022 • ~5 Min Read
News
Do College Rankings Matter? Yes, Despite Flaws.
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
May 10, 2022 • ~5 Min Read
Admissions
Changes to Common App Promote Greater Equity in College Admissions
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
April 25, 2022 • ~5 Min Read
News
The Emerging Field of Happiness Studies
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
April 15, 2022 • ~4 Min Read
Student Life
10 Great College Commencement Speeches
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
April 8, 2022 • ~4 Min Read
News
How Much Does ‘Character’ Count in College Admissions?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
April 1, 2022 • ~5 Min Read
News
American Universities Impose Sanctions Against Russia
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
March 18, 2022 • ~4 Min Read
News
These Higher Ed Policies Could Help Close the Racial Wealth Gap
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
March 16, 2022 • ~2 Min Read
News
The Racial Wealth Gap and Higher Education Explained
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
March 16, 2022 • ~2 Min Read
News
Higher Education in the Metaverse
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
March 15, 2022 • ~5 Min Read
News
Is Higher Education a Public or Private Good?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
March 1, 2022 • ~4 Min Read
News
What, Exactly, Is Higher Education?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
February 17, 2022 • ~4 Min Read
News
Stranded Credits Prevent Students From Earning Degrees
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
February 16, 2022 • ~5 Min Read
News
What Does the Future Hold for the SAT?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
February 1, 2022 • ~6 Min Read
News
The 568 Cartel Lawsuit Demands Clearer Definition of ‘Need-Blind’
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
January 27, 2022 • ~4 Min Read
News
‘Jeopardy!’ National College Championship Goes Primetime
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
January 14, 2022 • ~6 Min Read
News
Earning Your Bachelor’s Degree at a Community College
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
January 13, 2022 • ~6 Min Read
News
Crypto Philanthropy Becoming Mainstream in Higher Education
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
December 13, 2021 • ~4 Min Read
News
Tenure Under Attack Nationwide
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
December 7, 2021 • ~5 Min Read
News
Can You Pay College Tuition With Crypto?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
December 3, 2021 • ~3 Min Read
News
‘Jeopardy!’ Holds First-Ever College Professors Tournament
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
December 2, 2021 • ~6 Min Read
News
Academic Programs in Cryptocurrency and Blockchain
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
November 18, 2021 • ~2 Min Read
News
The University of Austin Pursues ‘Truth,’ Stirs Controversy
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
November 17, 2021 • ~5 Min Read
News
Google, Microsoft Promote Tech Careers Through Community Colleges
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
November 15, 2021 • ~3 Min Read
News
What Is the Best University in the World?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
November 12, 2021 • ~4 Min Read
News
Is It Time to End Legacy Admissions?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
November 4, 2021 • ~6 Min Read
News
Are American Universities Still the Best in the World?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
October 27, 2021 • ~5 Min Read
News
Massive Endowment Returns Make Rich Universities Even Richer
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
October 14, 2021 • ~3 Min Read
News
The Return of Earmarks Promises Billions for Higher Education
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
October 4, 2021 • ~3 Min Read
Opinion & Analysis
Community College Transfers Thrive at Elite Universities
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
September 30, 2021 • ~6 Min Read
Blog
These Scholarships Help Community College Transfers Attend Top Universities
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
September 29, 2021 • ~3 Min Read
Blog
Evans Scholarship Provides Full Ride for Golf Caddies
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
September 21, 2021 • ~6 Min Read
Blog
Mills College to Merge With Northeastern University
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
September 15, 2021 • ~1 Min Read
News
Should College Athletes Be Paid?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
September 7, 2021 • ~6 Min Read
News
Apprenticeships Gaining a Stronger Foothold in Higher Education
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
September 3, 2021 • ~4 Min Read
News
“The Chair” Offers a Critical Look at Campus Politics
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
September 2, 2021 • ~4 Min Read
News
University of the People Spurs an “Education Revolution”
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
August 31, 2021 • ~5 Min Read
Blog
Mills College Alumnae Fight Northeastern Merger
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
August 27, 2021 • ~4 Min Read
Blog
Why Do Universities Outsource Online Learning?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
August 20, 2021 • ~5 Min Read
Blog
Why Do Retail Giants Like Walmart Offer Tuition Assistance?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
August 20, 2021 • ~5 Min Read
News
The Historical Parallel Between Asian American and Jewish Students
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
August 18, 2021 • ~5 Min Read
Blog
Harvard Extension School: Is It Really Harvard?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
August 18, 2021 • ~6 Min Read
Blog
What Does Student-to-Faculty Ratio Really Mean?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
August 10, 2021 • ~3 Min Read
News
How Much Does College Really Cost?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
August 5, 2021 • ~5 Min Read
Blog
College Athletes Already Cashing In on Name, Image, Likeness
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
August 4, 2021 • ~3 Min Read
Blog
Master’s Degrees Saddle Graduates With Debt
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
August 2, 2021 • ~3 Min Read
Blog
How to Measure the ROI of a College Education
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
July 29, 2021 • ~5 Min Read
Blog
2U and edX Merge to Create Online Giant
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
July 16, 2021 • ~3 Min Read
Blog
Donor Influence on the Academic Experience
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
July 15, 2021 • ~4 Min Read
Blog
Nikole Hannah-Jones Not Joining UNC Faculty
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
July 7, 2021 • ~2 Min Read
Blog
Nikole Hannah-Jones Granted Tenure at UNC-Chapel Hill
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
June 30, 2021 • ~2 Min Read
Blog
How Do Students Benefit From Fundraising Campaigns?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
June 24, 2021 • ~6 Min Read
Blog
Supreme Court Decision Allows Payments to Student-Athletes
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
June 21, 2021 • ~1 Min Read
Blog
What Is Academic Freedom?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
June 9, 2021 • ~4 Min Read
College News
“1619 Project” Founder Battles for Tenure at UNC-Chapel Hill
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
June 4, 2021 • ~2 Min Read
College Planning
Do College Waitlists Favor the Wealthy?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
May 21, 2021 • ~5 Min Read
College Planning
Why Are Colleges Closing — and What If Yours Does?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
May 19, 2021 • ~2 Min Read
College Planning
The Pros and Cons of College Admissions Lotteries
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
May 17, 2021 • ~5 Min Read
College Planning
What to Do If You’re Waitlisted at College
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
May 12, 2021 • ~6 Min Read
Blog
The College Admissions Scandal That Shook Higher Education
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
April 6, 2021 • ~1 Min Read
Blog
Acceptance Rates Fall As Applications Surge at Selective U.S. Colleges
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
April 5, 2021 • ~5 Min Read
News
The Plight of Adjunct Faculty on America’s Campuses
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
March 23, 2021 • ~5 Min Read
Blog
What Is Tenure? A Look at the Past, Present, and Future
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
March 5, 2021 • ~4 Min Read
Blog
Are Professor Ratings and Reviews Sites Legit?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
February 16, 2021 • ~6 Min Read
Blog
An Inside Look at Alumni Interviews
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
January 25, 2021 • ~4 Min Read
Blog
The 14 Quirkiest College Traditions
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
December 23, 2020 • ~5 Min Read
News
Do Colleges Make Money From Athletics?
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
November 16, 2020 • ~4 Min Read
Blog
Higher Education Faces an Uncertain Future Amid the Pandemic
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
October 14, 2020 • ~6 Min Read
Blog
Parents React to Colleges’ Fall Reopening Plans
Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.
August 24, 2020 • ~4 Min Read