Agenda

Agenda for EWA’s 2019 Higher Education Seminar
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - Sept. 22-24

 

This schedule is tentative and subject to change. The main conference runs from Monday, Sept. 23, to Tuesday, Sept. 24. We are also offering a special pre-conference public speaking training and movie screening on Sunday afternoon (Sep. 22).

 

Sunday, Sept. 22

Be a Master Moderator: Public Speaking Training for Journalists
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Space is limited. A separate application is required.)

Roadtrip Nation Screening and Student Q&A
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Monday, Sept. 23

Breakfast
8:15 a.m.

Welcome
8:30 a.m. 

The Demographic Forces Shaping Higher Education
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

  • Lorelle Espinosa, American Council on Education
  • Barbara Gault, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
  • Kedra Ishop, University of Michigan
  • Steve Drummond, National Public Radio (moderator)

The Political Forces Shaping Higher Education
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

  • Neal McCluskey, Cato Institute
  • Michael Mitchell, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Kim Hunter Reed, Louisiana Board of Regents
  • Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education (moderator)

What Works: Lightning Talks on Programs Proven to Improve Higher Education Access and Attainment
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Michael Bastedo, University of Michigan
  • Susan Dynarski, University of Michigan
  • Keith Harmon, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Laura Perna, University of Pennsylvania
  • Chris Quintana, USA Today (moderator)

Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Campus Tour
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Student Loans: What to Do About America’s $1.5 Trillion Educational Debt Burden
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

  • Tonio DeSorrento, Vemo Education
  • Susan Dynarski, University of Michigan
  • Josh Mitchell, The Wall Street Journal
  • Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post (moderator)

Transparency, Fact-checking and “No Surprises” Journalism: Why and How to (Re)build Trust with Your Audience
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

  • Lorie Hearn, inewsource
  • Eric Stirgus, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Jamaal Abdul-Alim, The Conversation, (moderator)

Scott Jaschik’s Top 10 Higher Ed Stories You Should Cover This Year
5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

  • Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

Dinner
7:00 p.m.

Reception
9:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Breakfast
8:15 a.m.

The Economic Forces Shaping Higher Education: How Changes to the Job Market Are Transfiguring Colleges
8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

  • Victoria Denise Ojeda, Central New Mexico Community College
  • Todd Scott, Central New Mexico Community College
  • Michele Wiese, Strada Education Network
  • Matt Krupnick, The Hechinger Report (moderator)

How I Did The Story (and What I Learned)
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

  • Jodi Cohen, ProPublica
  • Stephanie Daniel, Northern Colorado Public Radio
  • Claire McNeill, Tampa Bay Times 
  • Scott Smallwood, Open Campus (moderator)

Training Module 1
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Data Training – How to find and use the federal College Scorecard’s new program-level data. (Requires some knowledge of Excel or other data tool.)
    • Brian Fu, U.S. Department of Education
    • Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report (moderator)
  • Financial Aid Letter Training – How to analyze the clarity and fairness of a college’s communications with students about price and aid.
    • Alejandra Acosta, New America
    • Kim Clark, EWA (moderator)
  • How to Tell If Your College Is Going Broke – A beginner’s guide to analyzing a college’s budget.
    • Sue Menditto, National Association of College and University Business Officers
    • Dawn Rhodes, Chicago Tribune (moderator)

Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

How Technology Is Reshaping the Modern College Classroom
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

  • John Katzman, Noodle
  • Sandy Baum, Urban Institute
  • Natalie Schwartz, Industry Dive (moderator)

Training Module 2
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

  • Data Training – How to find and use the federal College Scorecard’s new program-level data. (Requires some knowledge of Excel or other data tool.)
    • Brian Fu, U.S. Department of Education
    • Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report (moderator)
  • Financial Aid Letter Training – How to analyze the clarity and fairness of a college’s communications with students about price and aid.
    • Alejandra Acosta, New America
    • Kim Clark, EWA (moderator)
  • How to Tell If Your College Is Going Broke – A beginner’s guide to analyzing a college’s budget.
    • Sue Menditto, National Association of College and University Business Officers
    • Dawn Rhodes, Chicago Tribune (moderator)