The World Beyond High School: Covering Education Equity and the Future of Work


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The World Beyond High School: Covering Education Equity and the Future of Work

This intensive workshop will focus on understanding the causes and consequences of disparities in college attendance and completion.



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Education in the United States is often seen as a path to social mobility. Yet in reality, education is not solving – and in fact, may be driving – social inequality.

More than 75 percent of students from homes in the top quarter of incomes complete a degree by age 24. For those in the bottom quarter, that number is only 9 percent. Disparities in college attendance and completion based on race and ethnicity, socioeconomic strata and first-generation status affect communities, states and the nation.

This intensive two-day workshop — designed not just for education reporters, but also those who cover business, justice, government, politics and the economy — will focus on understanding the causes and consequences of these disparities.

Journalists will leave this free workshop with compelling story ideas, new resources and a community of practice dedicated to solutions journalism.


Free (travel scholarships may be available)

What Will I Learn?

  • Concepts related to inequity in higher education
  • Social and cultural forces that affect higher education and how they influence inequities
  • How higher education affects communities, including how arenas beyond education, such as business and government, are involved
  • How solutions-focused journalism can improve progress
  • Connections between education and the future of work

Who Should Attend?

Journalists focusing on education will benefit, as will those who report in other areas, such as economics and business, health, justice and government.

The Poynter Institute is partnering with the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the country’s leading organization for research in higher education, and WorkingNation, a national nonprofit dedicated to preparing people for the future of work.

The workshop is free, thanks to support from the Lumina Foundation and will be led by Kathleen Bartzen Culver, the James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Poynter visiting faculty member.

Read a Q&A with Kathleen Bartzen Culver about how this training will challenge common assumptions about education after high school.


The full 2019 schedule will be announced shortly. Session topics include:

  • Race, Equity and Higher Education
  • Follow the Money – Economics and Equity Beyond High School
  • Shrinking Public Support for Higher Education
  • Community College in the Education Equation
  • Stereotypes, Campus Climate and the Learning Experience
  • Education Equity and the Future of Work


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