2014 Higher Ed Seminar

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Covering the College Student Experience
2014 Higher Ed Seminar

For many college students — whether fresh out of high school or adults returning to school — their most serious obstacles to a degree won’t be homework or tests, but rather the challenges of navigating student life. Colleges are now being forced to face the longstanding problems that have often led to students’ flailing and failing on their own. 

From high-profile pressure to address sexual assaults to demands to lower dropout rates, the downsides of the student experience have never seen more scrutiny. But how much can these institutions do to address issues outside the classroom? We explored these topics and more in our journalists-only Higher Education Seminar, September 5-6 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

For many college students — whether fresh out of high school or adults returning to school — their most serious obstacles to a degree won’t be homework or tests, but rather the challenges of navigating student life. Colleges are now being forced to face the longstanding problems that have often led to students’ flailing and failing on their own. 

From high-profile pressure to address sexual assaults to demands to lower dropout rates, the downsides of the student experience have never seen more scrutiny. But how much can these institutions do to address issues outside the classroom? We explored these topics and more in our journalists-only Higher Education Seminar, September 5-6 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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Ratings and Rankings: What They Really Mean for Colleges and Universities
2014 Higher Ed Semiar

Ratings and Rankings: What They Really Mean for Colleges and Universities

As the higher ed community eagerly awaits the details of President Obama’s plan to rate colleges and universities and perhaps tie their access to federal funding to their performance, third-party rankings and ratings of colleges and universities continue to proliferate. What effects do these reports have on the priorities of these institutions and how should journalists interpret each new list of “bests”?

Blog: Ed Beat

Understanding the Facts on Campus Sexual Assaults

California became the first state in the country to describe what is meant by “yes means yes” during sexual encounters when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law on Monday.

And it also puts the onus on California higher education institutions to reshape their sexual assault policies and reporting practices, as The Associated Press reported.

Blog: The Educated Reporter

Higher Ed: Reporting on the College Student Experience

Our annual Higher Education Seminar took place in Dallas earlier this month — Southern Methodist University was our gracious host — and there have been some first-rate stories produced by EWA members who joined us for the event.

Blog: Ed Beat

Data Might Help Colleges Sort Out the ‘Murky Middle’

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Stephanie Dupaul of Southern Methodist University put the theme of EWA’s 2014 Higher Education seminar, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Covering the College Student Experience,” to effective use during a session exploring the use of data by colleges:

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The 10 Higher Education Stories You Should Be Covering This Year

The 10 Higher Education Stories You Should Be Covering This Year

Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed talks to reporters at EWA’s 2014 Higher Education Seminar.

Recorded Sept. 6, 2014, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. 

Blog: The Educated Reporter

Follow-Up Friday: College Rankings, ‘Education At a Glance,’ and Stephen King

U.S.News & World Report published its annual higher education rankings this week, and the New York Times also offered its first-ever roundup of colleges that have demonstrated a commitment toward low-income students.

Blog: Ed Beat

Experts: The White House Plan to Rate Colleges Has Major Issues

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A new rating system backed by the White House aims to evaluate nearly all of the nation’s colleges and universities. Roughly 6,000 schools that educate around 22 million students are about to endure an unprecedented amount of federal scrutiny.

And though a version of the Postsecondary Institution Ratings System is scheduled to be unveiled in the fall, policy watchers are still unsure of what’s in store.

Blog: Ed Beat

How to Help the 21st Century College Student

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When Mark Milliron met with an advertising team to promote a new type of college in Texas, he wasn’t expecting fireworks. Still, the pitch floored him.

“The Texas Two-Step: Sign Up. Succeed.”

It was the sentence that would appear on billboards and in radio advertisements, enticing thousands of working adults to enroll in an online college – Western Governors University Texas. And it totally missed the point.

Blog: Latino Ed Beat

EWA to Hold Seminar on Covering Latino Education Issues

The Education Writers Association will host a seminar on Thursday, Sept. 4, in Dallas entitled “From Preescholar to Postsecundaria: Covering Latino Education.”

The seminar targets Spanish-language reporters and editors, and other journalists interested in covering Latino issues, though sessions will be held primarily in English.

Agenda

The 2014 Higher Ed Seminar Agenda

Friday, Sept. 5

11 a.m. Tour of Southern Methodist University (optional)

Laura Lee Blanton Building, Southern Methodist University

12-1 p.m. Lunch & Welcome

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