Martin Van Der Werf has extensive experience researching and writing about higher education, the issues facing the industry, and the changing learning and technology models that are helping to transform it.
Marty is a former reporter and editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he was responsible for all coverage of the business and financial management of colleges and universities. He was the founding director of Chronicle Research Services, a new-business development arm that created, among other products, a series of webinars in which Chronicle reporters and invited guests discuss current issues. He is the co-author of the influential report College of 2020: Students, published by the Chronicle.
Marty is also a freelance writer who has written for Lumina Foundation, the non-profit Ithaka, and other organizations. In fall 2014, he wrote The Ed Tech Revolution is about to Become the Learner Revolution, a report on new trends in technology and learning, for Education Design Lab, a Washington-based non-profit.
Before joining the Center, Marty was the thought leadership manager for Huron Consulting Group, the largest consulting company in higher education. He wrote white papers and case studies about some of the biggest issues in postsecondary education. He also recorded podcasts with leading thinkers in the industry and organized roundtables where practitioners could exchange practical ideas for rethinking intractable problems.
Previously, Marty was an award-winning reporter, columnist and editor at two of the largest daily newspapers in the U.S. – The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Arizona Republic, in Phoenix.
Marty holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Boston University.