Terri Williams

Terri Williams is a journalist who specializes in higher education, career choices, career development, and the workforce. She has written extensively on topics and trends in higher education, including postsecondary credentialing, college affordability, income-share agreements, financial literacy, academic and career counseling, campus safety, single parents, alcohol awareness, and other issues that affect student performance and persistence rates. 

Terri also writes on the challenges facing employees in the workforce, ranging from skill and career development to work-life balance and diversity issues.

Terri’s passion is helping students succeed in college and graduate with the skills they need to be competitive, productive, and engaged members of the workforce.

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In addition to her extensive research efforts, Terri has interviewed college professors, deans, admissions officers, and students at various types of institutions ranging from Ivy League schools to community colleges to discover best practices and identify problems in the current higher education process. She has also interviewed recruiters, hiring managers, economists, and executives to understand workplace challenges. Terri has written for USA Today, Yahoo Education, U.S. News & World Report, The Economist Careers Network, The Houston Chronicle, GoodCall, and The Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University - Chicago.


Terri graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a bachelor’s degree in English.

Terri Williams

Research reveals that a college degree is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Navigating the admissions process, obtaining financial aid, choosing a major, and ultimately graduating and landing a well-paying and fulfilling job doesn’t happen by chance.

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site focusing on expert-created education content. We are one of the top-10 information sites in the world as rated by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Every month, more than 13 million readers seek answers to their questions on ThoughtCo.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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