Higher Education Seminar Fall 2019
University of Michigan • September 23-24, 2019

The Education Writers Association will hold its 2019 fall Higher Education Seminar September 23-24 on the theme of “Demographics, Politics, and Technology: The Forces Reshaping Higher Education.”

Held on the campus of the University of Michigan, this journalist-only intensive training event will offer two days of high-impact learning opportunities, including sessions on timely topics in higher education and practical advice for covering them effectively.

This year’s seminar will examine how higher education institutions are adjusting to new technologies, a reduction in the number of “traditional” college students, and a political environment marked by anti-intellectualism and polarization.

Confirmed activities include:

  • How to tell if your college is going broke 101 – Learn how to  find and analyze college budget data from Susan Menditto, director of accounting policy for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).
  • What are the student financial outcomes for each colleges’ department? Learn how to download and analyze new program level data from the federal College Scorecard’s Brian Fu.
  • Financial aid letter analysis training – Learn how to evaluate the clarity and honesty of a college’s communications with its financial aid recipients from Alejandra Acosta of New America. 
  • Fact-checking, transparency and “no surprises journalism – Learn how to rebuild trust with your readers and community – and, incidentally, get more clicks – by showing how you did your research.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Michael Bastedo, a University of Michigan professor whose research was one of the inspirations for the College Board’s “adversity score” experiment.
  •  Susan Dynarski, a University of Michigan economist who spearheaded a successful experiment that increased the number of low-income students at the flagship school.
  • Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside Higher Ed, who will share his top 10 story ideas for higher education reporters.
  • John Katzman, founder of Princeton Review, 2U and Noodle Partners, who will discuss how technology is changing higher education
  • Josh Mitchell, a veteran Wall Street Journal reporter who is writing a book on student loans. 
  • Kim Hunter Reed, commissioner of higher education for Louisiana.
  • Tonio DeSorrento, founder of the nation’s largest designer of “Income Share Agreements.”
  • Michelle Weise, chief innovation officer, Strada Institute for the Future of Work, who will explain how changes in the job market are changing higher education.

If you are interested in a journalist scholarship that could cover part or all of your travel, lodging and registration fees, submit a Journalist Scholarship application first and wait for your scholarship decision email before registering for the event.

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