The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Covering the College Student Experience 2014 Higher Ed Seminar
September 5, 2014 - September 6, 2014
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.
The Obama administration’s forthcoming college ratings system will ultimately show which institutions are doing “phenomenally well” and which ones need to “step up their game,” but the primary objective in the interim is to develop the first iteration so that it can be refined, a top U.S. Department of Education official said.
“I want to remind everyone that this is version 1.0,” Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell told the Education Writers Association this past weekend at the historic Southern Methodist University.