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Guess Who's Coming to Campus: What Demographic Changes Mean for Colleges and Reporters

Over the next two years, the nation’s pool of high school graduates is projected to shrink to the lowest level in nearly a decade. And this time, more of those students will come from groups that higher education has traditionally struggled to serve, including students from low-income families, first-generation college-goers, and black and Latino students. What approaches are helpful to propel students from such groups to college degrees? How can men catch up to women when it comes to postsecondary success? How can colleges better serve nontraditional students such as adult learners and veterans? What does demographic change mean for the future of higher education?

Join EWA as we explore those topics and more at this journalists-only event. [1]

Friday, September 27, 2013

12 - 1 p.m. Lunch & Welcome

   Caroline Hendrie, Executive Director, Education Writers Association

1 - 2:15 p.m. The Changing Face of College

The next few years could be a turning point for higher education, as the traditional student population starts to shift dramatically. How long will the total number of new high school graduates continue to decline? Of that pool of students, what percentages will be black and Latino or from low-income backgrounds? What will these changes herald for postsecondary education?

   Bridget Terry Long, Academic Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education
   Brian Prescott, Director of Policy Research, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
   Larry Gordon, Higher Education Writer, Los Angeles Times (moderator)

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. BREAK

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. The Struggle to Fill Seats

With the total numbers of new high school graduates dropping while tuition prices rise, many private colleges and universities have seen their enrollment numbers decline. Because most of these schools depend on tuition revenue in order to operate, these shortfalls pose serious threats to their existence. Which schools are in jeopardy and why?

   Jarrett L. Carter, Founder and Editor, HBCUDigest.com
   William S. Reed, Chair, Davis Educational Foundation
   Jon Marcus, Contributing Editor, The Hechinger Report (moderator)

3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Getting In: The Debate Continues

For many students, the first hurdle in their pursuit of a degree is the admissions process. As the debates swirl about whether colleges should offer special considerations—whether race-based or class-based—in choosing which students to accept, what is known about how much access students of all backgrounds have to higher education?

   Stella Flores, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education & Human Development
   Matt Gaertner, Research Scientist, Center for College & Career Success at Pearson
   Jeff Strohl, Director of Research, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
   Richard Pérez-Peña, Reporter, The New York Times (moderator)

4:45 - 5 p.m. BREAK

5 - 6 p.m. The 10 Higher Education Stories You Should Be Covering This Year

From the “gainful employment” debate to what’s next for MOOCs, Inside Higher Ed Editor Scott Jaschik offers his ideas on topics in postsecondary education that journalists should be tracking.

   Scott Jaschik, Editor and Co-Founder, Inside Higher Education

6 - 7:15 p.m. Dinner Speaker: Joseph E. Aoun, President, Northeastern University

7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Reception

Saturday, September 28

8 - 9 a.m. BREAKFAST

9 - 10:15 a.m. Obama’s Proposal: Will Performance Ratings Hurt Student Access?

Last month, President Obama unveiled an ambitious proposal to reform higher education by tying a college’s access to federal financial aid for students to a new set of ratings the government would produce. Would universities, forced to focus more on student outcomes, be less inclined to enroll students from backgrounds that traditionally have been underserved by higher education?

   Terry Hartle, Senior Vice President, American Council on Education
   Matt Reed, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Holyoke Community College
   Zakiya Smith, Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation 
   Scott Jaschik, Editor and Co-Founder, Inside Higher Ed (moderator)

10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Tracking Veterans’ Success

About 250 community colleges and four-year institutions recently have pledged to track veterans' outcomes and support them on campus through a new program of the U.S. Department of Education. How much do we know about the recent success rates of veterans at American colleges and what services exist to support them?

   Peter Buryk, Senior Project Associate, Rand Corporation
   Marc V. Cole, Senior Advisor for Veterans and Military Families, U.S. Department of Education
   Ashley Parker-Roman, U.S. Navy veteran and undergraduate at Drexel University
   U.S. Department of Education representative TBA
   Libby Nelson, Education Reporter, Politico Pro (moderator)

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Building Better Stories: Covering Demographic Change

In this workshop, journalists will have the opportunity to exchange advice and ideas about the most effective techniques for reporting and writing about the changes happening on college campuses due to changes in the student population.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Speaker: U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Making the Most of Online Education

Research has found that the types of students most likely to opt for online courses for reasons of access, including low-income, black and Latino students, are the same students who are least likely to succeed in those courses. What practices and programs are succeeding at beating this trend?

   Thomas Bailey, Director, Community College Research Center
   Jay Bhatt, President and CEO, BlackBoard Inc.
   Bror Saxberg, Chief Learning Officer, Kaplan Inc.
   Steve Kolowich, Staff Reporter, The Chronicle of Higher Education (moderator)

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Black and Latino Males: Getting To and Through College

Shaun Harper, director of the Center for Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, previews new research on how New York City addressed the challenge of guiding more of its black and Latino male students to postsecondary success.

   Shaun Harper, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
   Deborah Santiago, Co-Founder and Director of Research, Excelencia in Education

3:30 - 3:45 p.m. BREAK

3:45 - 5 p.m. Innovation Showcase: New Lessons for Adult Learners

What options offer the best pathways to a degree for adult learners? Leaders in the field offer their views and respond to reporters’ questions.

   Allison Barber, Chancellor, Western Governors University Indiana
   Deborah Santiago, Excelencia in Education
   Felice Nudelman, Chancellor, Antioch University
   Katherine Mangan, National Correspondent, The Chronicle of Higher Education (moderator)