CEW discusses placing a higher premium on student interests
Dear Friends of the Center: 

When the federal government forced for-profit ITT Technical Institute to shutter its operations in September due, in part, to its misleading recruitment information, it sent a strong message to other similar institutions. And it’s not just for-profit schools that market themselves by boasting about their graduation rates and job-placement numbers. So, too, do some not-for-profit four-year colleges and universities to demonstrate credibility and competitiveness. This is a large part of the implicit bargain students enter into when they sign the dotted line and put their learning and trust in someone else’s hands.

But think about that bargain. It is based on trust, as it should be, but that trust should be verified with transparency. Students entering college should know what their likely job prospects are from the many degrees that are offered. This knowledge would enable both colleges and students to better manage costs and maximize return on investment.

ITT Tech’s closure took a staggering toll: more than 130 campuses were shuttered. Nearly 8,000 faculty members and staff lost their jobs. The more than 35,000 students who were enrolled at ITT Tech are now either trying to transfer their credits to new institutions or seeking to have their federal loans forgiven. It is a protracted mess.

Again, transparency is urgently needed. Not only should students know their potential job prospects when they enroll at a college, they should also have access to metrics that allow them to assess the financial health of the colleges they are considering.

Fortunately, the data exists to start piecing that puzzle together. Many metrics can be used to define colleges in distress, such as completion rates, loan default rates, and third-party assessments of a college’s financial responsibility.

If our higher education mission is to endure, we need to place a higher premium on the interests of the students and empower them with greater knowledge about every aspect of their educations are potential careers.

Anthony Carnevale
Director and Research Professor

CEW Welcomes Tanya Garcia
CEW has hired Tanya I. Garcia as Associate Professor of the Practice. Dr. Garcia is using her extensive postsecondary policy expertise to help with the Center’s research on sub-baccalaureate credentials and support of states in integrating postsecondary and labor market data as a tool to improve policy and practice. Prior to joining CEW, Dr. Garcia served as Director of Programs at Wiki Education Foundation and State Policy Officer at Lumina Foundation. She also held various roles at the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) Association and the New Mexico Higher Education Department. Read more here.

Hispanic Heritage Month Twitter Chat
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Center hosted a Twitter chat on October 12 with author Daniel Connolly, who just published a book on the children of Hispanic immigrants. The Book of Isaias: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America explores the barriers facing these students on their academic journey to high school graduation and beyond. Catch a recap on Storify of the issues explored concerning access, completion, and the valuable role of counselors and community support.

Diversity Initiative Resources
Visit our improved Diversity Initiative webpage to find easy access to resources for counselors, advocates, students, and parents. There you will find everything from infographics to interactives. The goal of these resources is to provide key information on in-demand job skills, the difference between college majors and respective earnings, and the many career pathways after high school. The page offers information in Spanish as well. Visit

WorkingNation Video on Structural Unemployment
In order to analyze the seeds of structural unemployment, WorkingNation prepared a series called The Table that explores the economic forces impacting communities across the country. Our director, Anthony Carnevale, is featured in episode one in a roundtable discussion about these forces and how society’s perceptions of opportunity are changing. Moderated by journalist David Shuster, the episode features five other leaders from diverse fields brainstorming solutions to this growing problem. Watch the episode.
Credential Transparency
CHCI Conference
Mellon Book Launch
On September 19, Jeff Strohl attended the Credential Transparency Initiative launch event held at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC. At the event, the Credentialing Registry panel discussed how the registry could help students.
On September 14, Dr. Carnevale was a panelist at the Equality Luncheon of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Conference in Washington, DC. Carnevale and other panelists discussed how organizations use education and training to address the education and skills gaps among Latinos.
On September 28, Nicole Smith spoke at the official book launch of Our Compelling Interests: The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The panel of authors and academics spoke about important issues facing our society and the 2016 presidential election.

September 2, 2016 - Due to several requests, we examined Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s free college proposal. The study projects Clinton’s plan would increase enrollment at public universities up to 22 percent, and decrease enrollment at private universities down to 15 percent.
While the Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships Initiative (EQUIP) is one step forward, it’s two steps back for the US Department of Education. Dr. Carnevale explains in this opinion column for Inside Higher Ed article.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s free college proposal could increase public college enrollment and decrease enrollment at private universities. This Inside Higher Ed article links to our analysis of Clinton’s free college proposal.
Ignoring a liberal arts education won’t help students get ahead in the competitive workforce. It could actually leave them behind. Learn more in this Washington Post article.
In this article, Dr. Carnevale comments on President Obama’s imprint on higher education. While the College Scorecard has received a lot of attention, he notes that it doesn’t include disparities at the level of individual programs.
Why does the minimum wage matter, and how has it become a top economic concern in the presidential race? Chris Rugaber explains.
While universities are not ‘trade schools,’ they still need to prepare students for the competitive workforce. Read this Washington Post article to learn more.
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