EWA Higher Ed Seminar for Journalists
20 Million Degrees and Rising: Meeting the Demand for More College Graduates, Nov. 4-5, 2011
This is an important moment for higher education, and an
exciting time for the journalists who cover it. In the face of severe economic
difficulties, experts are pointing to postsecondary education and training as
key weapons in the fight to get America back on track economically and secure
its long-term prosperity.
As our nation’s political and education leaders call for
more Americans with postsecondary credentials, the capacity of colleges and universities
to rise to this challenge is being tested by the very economic problems that
have made those institutions' services so vital. For these reasons and
more, higher education has emerged as a more prominent public-policy issue on
the local, state, and national stages. Thus, the need for journalists to
understand what is at stake in the policy debate over postsecondary access and
success is greater than in the past.
EWA’s Nov. 4-5 Higher Education Seminar, 20 Million Degrees and Rising: Meeting the
Demand for More College Graduates, focused on how postsecondary
institutions are adjusting to the economic realities their students are facing,
and how they’re approaching the challenge of creating millions more degree
holders in the years ahead.
Catch up with the seminar at The
Educated Reporter; watch video
recaps of panels and interviews with panelists; and listen to podcasts of
select sessions (When
Getting a Job Means Getting a Degree and It’s
Never Too Late to Learn). The original agenda is available here.
the coverage informed by the seminar were the following stories:
national stories by Justin Pope of the Associated Press (Can Washington fix what ails American higher ed? and The other student loan problem: too little debt)
national stories from USA Today (Study: College freshmen move left on key issues and Today’s college freshmen hitting books harder, study says)
national stories in U.S. News & World Report (10 Things You Need to Know About Net Price Calculators and 4 Things You Need to Use a Net Price Calculator)
story from the Los Angeles Times (More college freshmen see getting good job as key goal, poll
story from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (Higher
Education Leaders Urged to Improve Data Collection for College Completion
stories from the San Francisco Chronicle (UC expected to ask state for $412 million boost, CSU tuition could go up again without state aid, and CSU trustees raise tuition 9% as students protest )
stories from the San Jose Mercury News ( UC likely to ask state for $430 million more in 2012
spreading among college freshmen, survey finds)
story from the Post & Courier of Charleston, S.C. (How much does college really cost?)
story from the Miami Herald (Online
tool helps predict college costs)
This conference was made possible by a grant from the Lumina Foundation, was exclusively sponsored by Pearson, and hosted by UCLA.