Hechinger Seminar for Higher Education Journalists

November 16-18, 2007
New York City
Application Deadline: October 6, 2007

Just one year ago, the bipartisan Commission on the Future of Higher Education called for major changes in U.S. higher education, concluding that far too many Americans are priced out of college. Access and affordability remain key issues, as financial aid conflicts spur cries for reform. This Seminar, designed for journalists who cover higher education, provided context and a framework for addressing college costs, competitiveness and other major issues confronting U.S. colleges. Reporters left with with new sources, a notebook full of story ideas and national perspective on the campuses they cover.

Seminar Agenda

Friday, November 16th

4:00 Coffee

4:30 Opening Remarks and Introduction

Richard Lee Colvin, Hechinger Institute

4:45 Rankled By Rankings: The U.S. News and World Report Debate
*Moderated by Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

William G. Durden, Dickinson College
Steve Goodman, Education Consultant
Brian Kelly, U.S. News & World Report
Peter Likins, University of Arizona
Patricia McGuire, Trinity (Washington) University
Judith Shapiro, Barnard College

5:45 Wine, Reception

6:15 Dinner

7:15 Discussion Resumes:
Ratings, Rankings and Hypocrisy: How Colleges Should Be Judged

8:30 Adjourn

Saturday, November 17th

8:15 Continental Breakfast

8:45 Collegiate Sports: Is Big Time Spending Squeezing Academics?
*Moderated by Malcolm Moran, Penn State

Christine Grant, University of Iowa
Peter Likins, University of Arizona
Tom Palaima, University of Texas – Austin
Brad Wolverton, Chronicle of Higher Education

10:15 Break

10:30 STEM Education: A Crisis Real or Imagined?

Freeman Hrabowski III, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Vivek Wadhwa, Harvard University
Alan Cramb, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

11:45 Lunch & Guest Speaker:
Idea Capitals and the Global-Networked University

John Sexton, New York University

1:30 Untangling Financial Aid: What’s Become of The Promised Overhaul?

Stephen Burd, New America Foundation
Robert Shireman, The Institute For College Access & Success
Harrison Wadsworth, Washington Partners, LLC

2:45 Break

3:00 The New College President: Pay, Perks and Performance
*Moderated by Jeff Selingo, Chronicle of Higher Education

William Chace, Emory University
John Hechinger, Wall Street Journal
Charles Quatt, Quatt Associates

4:15 Reporters’ Roundtables:
Shootings, Scandals and Leadership:
Tips on Surviving and Thriving on the Higher Education Beat

John Hechinger, Wall Street Journal
Jeff Selingo, Chronicle of Higher Education
Jane Stancill, Raleigh News & Observer

5:30 Adjourn Dinner and evening on your own

Sunday, November 18th

8:30 Buffet Breakfast

9:00 Colleges, Mental Health and The Law:
Lessons Learned and New Questions Raised By Virginia Tech Shooting

Steven Healy, Princeton University
Robert Klitzman, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Ada Meloy, American Council on Education

10:15 Break

10:30 Spending and Access: New Ways of Understanding College Costs

Pat Callan, National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
Rita Kirshstein, American Institutes For Research
Travis Reindl, Jobs for the Future

12:00 Lunch & Special Presentation: Hispanics in Higher Education

Sarita Brown Excelencia in Education

1:30 Seminar Evaluations

1:45 Conclusion of Seminar

This seminar is made possible through a generous grant from the
Lumina Foundation for Education
with support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.



Brian Kelly
U.S. News & World Report


William Durden
Dickinson College


Freeman Hrabowski
University of Maryland, Baltimore County


John Sexton
New York University


Patricia Maguire
Trinity (Washington) University


Judith Shapiro
Barnard College