Pathways to Good Jobs: Higher Ed's Changing Role in Upward Mobility

Overview

Pathways to Good Jobs
Higher Ed's Changing Role in Upward Mobility

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce that it will launch a training program to help journalists cover changes to the way postsecondary education is — or, too often, isn’t — launching students into good jobs. 

Starting with a two-afternoon (Eastern time) virtual event Dec. 10-11, and continuing with monthly webinars into early 2021, EWA will gather some of the nation’s leading researchers and practitioners of career education as well as labor market experts and employers for a series of interactive and on-the-record webinars.

Journalists will be able to meet and interview sources, get training on new and underutilized data sets revealing earnings from career-oriented educational programs, and swap tips and ideas among themselves. 

This program is free and open to any EWA journalist member, supporting community member, or student member. If you're interested in this event but not an EWA member, you still have time to join. Membership for journalists is free.

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce that it will launch a training program to help journalists cover changes to the way postsecondary education is — or, too often, isn’t — launching students into good jobs. 

Starting with a two-afternoon (Eastern time) virtual event Dec. 10-11, and continuing with monthly webinars into early 2021, EWA will gather some of the nation’s leading researchers and practitioners of career education as well as labor market experts and employers for a series of interactive and on-the-record webinars.

Journalists will be able to meet and interview sources, get training on new and underutilized data sets revealing earnings from career-oriented educational programs, and swap tips and ideas among themselves. 

This program is free and open to any EWA journalist member, supporting community member, or student member. If you’re interested in this event but not an EWA member, you still have time to join. Membership for journalists is free.

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How is (or isn’t) Job Training Working During the Pandemic?

How is (or isn’t) Job Training Working During the Pandemic?

How are hands-on job training programs being affected by the coronavirus pandemic?

What kind of virtual job training works?

Students and teachers described what is, and isn’t, helping students get practical job skills during a December 12 session at the Education Writers Association’s “Pathways to Good Jobs: Higher Ed’s Changing Role in Social Mobility” seminar. 

The participants were: 

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Race, Racism and Career Pathways

Race, Racism and Career Pathways

What are the links between segregation among and within educational institutions and in the job market? Are “certificates” turning into second-class educational credentials?

Journalists learned about data on segregation at college campuses as well as efforts to break down racial barriers during a December 11 session at the Education Writers Association’s “Pathways to Good Jobs: Higher Ed’s Changing Role in Upward Mobility” seminar. 

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What Role Does Higher Education Play in the American Dream?

What Role Does Higher Education Play in the American Dream?

Higher education has long been called an engine of economic opportunity and mobility.

But recent research has uncovered disturbing evidence that in many cases, higher education institutions are worsening socioeconomic inequality. What does the data show, and what changes are needed to make higher education an engine of opportunity and equitable growth?

Blog: The Educated Reporter

Investigating the Benefits and Costs of Innovation at Colleges and Universities
Why education reporters should ‘maintain their professional skepticism’

The pandemic forced colleges to make immediate and dramatic innovations with technology to maintain instruction, admissions, counseling and other activities while campuses mainly shut.

Some of those changes proved to be lifesavers for institutions and their students. But others need to be carefully assessed on how well they work, particularly on whether they help adult learners, low-income students, and under-represented ethnic groups, educational leaders who specialize in innovation told reporters at Education Writers Association’s 2021 virtual National Seminar.

Webinar

How Can We Widen the Pathway to the Middle Class?
Webinar offers background on "middle skills" research and training programs.

How Can We Widen the Pathway to the Middle Class?

One of the most important goals of America’s education system is to launch citizens into “middle class” jobs that pay enough to provide economic security. But the number of those jobs have been shrinking, and the skills needed to land the remaining middle class jobs are changing faster than many traditional educational or training programs have been able to match.

Webinar

Pathways: Experts Offer a Quick Roundup on Student Loan Forgiveness
Webinar will provide journalists with resources, context and answers about education debt forgiveness plans.

Pathways: Experts Offer a Quick Roundup on Student Loan Forgiveness

Proposals to forgive some or all of the nation’s $1.5 trillion in student loans are making headlines as the Biden administration considers how to restart the economy and make the U.S. education system more equitable.

In this EWA webinar, speakers discussed the impact of student debt forgiveness on access to higher education and pathways to good jobs. They shared their insights and answered audience questions on this pressing topic.

Agenda

Agenda for Pathways to Good Jobs
Dec. 10 - 11, 2020

Attendance at EWA’s 2020 Pathways event is free, but is limited to EWA Journalist, Student and Supporting Community members who pre-register.

Journalist non-members interested in this event, can join EWA for free! 

Non-journalists are also welcome to join EWA as Supporting Community Members and attend this event. 

This agenda is tentative and subject to change. It was updated Nov. 19, 2020.

All times are EST.