Covering Higher Education's New Political Landscape

Overview Rick Wilson

Covering Higher Education’s New Political Landscape
Washington, D.C. January 28-29, 2019

A big increase in college student voter turnout helped flip the U.S. House of Representatives to Democratic control and elected scores of new state and local officials. Now, it's clear that higher education will be shaped by—and will shape—the new political landscape of 2019.

To help journalists cover the impact of the midterms on education beyond high school, the Education Writers Association is holding a two-day intensive training seminar January 28-29 in Washington, D.C.

The seminar, which will be held at the Hotel Monaco in Washington, will allow a select group of journalists opportunities to hear from leading experts on issues expected to be at play in 2019, such as student debt, voting controversies, “free” college, and higher education deregulation. In addition, participants will receive data and skills training on subjects such as campaign finance and college accountability databases.

A big increase in college student voter turnout helped flip the U.S. House of Representatives to Democratic control and elected scores of new state and local officials. Now, it’s clear that higher education will be shaped by—and will shape—the new political landscape of 2019.

To help journalists cover the impact of the midterms on education beyond high school, the Education Writers Association is holding a two-day intensive training seminar January 28-29 in Washington, D.C.

The seminar, which will be held at the Hotel Monaco in Washington, will allow a select group of journalists opportunities to hear from leading experts on issues expected to be at play in 2019, such as student debt, voting controversies, “free” college, and higher education deregulation. In addition, participants will receive data and skills training on subjects such as campaign finance and college accountability databases.

Blog: Higher Ed Beat Kim Clark

Fresh Angles on Student Loan Stories: Phones and Bills
Lawsuits and "Next Generation" reforms are likely to generate headlines.

Journalists looking for new angles on the click-grabbing topic of student loans should consider digging into legal and political  battles over who answers the phones when borrowers call with questions, and how the bills are collected, experts told reporters at recent Education Writers Association event in Washington, D.C.

Blog: Higher Ed Beat Kim Clark

The Surprising Real-World Impacts of Edu-Jargon Debates
Washington's battles over the definitions of terms like "credit hour" could affect millions of college students.

Millions of Americans could be affected by ongoing inside-the-beltway debates over the exact definitions of wonky terms such as ”credit hour” or “gainful employment,” according to two veteran Washington policy insiders. 

Blog: Higher Ed Beat Kim Clark

Elections Have Consequences for Higher Ed

The 2018 midterm “blue wave” that split party control of the U.S. Congress and narrowed the Republican edge among governors to 27-23 will likely mean political battles over several higher education issues.