Investigating inequality in higher education (Sponsored by Lumina Foundation)

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Dan Bauman of The Chronicle of Higher Education; Richard Read of NerdWallet; Laura Krantz of The Boston Globe
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 10:15am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 6
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

The U.S. higher-education system is stacked against many students. Reporters at The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Higher Education and NerdWallet's investigative team are probing aspects of the system, and have experiences and tips to share. UMass Boston's mission is to serve students from poor and immigrant families, but for decades the university has suffered from poor leadership and physical neglect. The Globe is examining why vulnerable students, and taxpayers, are left to foot the bill. Across the country other students are lured by for-profit colleges that overload them with debt. Scammers identify likely victims and target them in student-loan "debt relief" scams of the type exposed by The Chronicle and NerdWallet, which  recently completed investigative stories and launched an SEO-juiced web tool to warn consumers. In another project, The Chronicle's Title IX Tracker monitors sexual-assault investigations. Probing the Ivory Tower may seem daunting, but it's increasingly important in a world where education can still be a way to narrow the gap between rich and poor.



Speaker Bios

  • Dan Bauman (@DanBauman77) is a data reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • Laura Krantz covers higher education for the Boston Globe. She has worked at in Vermont and the MetroWest Daily News in the Massachusetts suburbs. She graduated from Boston University. @laurakrantz

  • Richard Read, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, is an investigative reporter on NerdWallet’s public-interest team probing consumer fraud. Rich joined the personal-finance site in 2016 after a few decades at The Oregonian, reporting in more than 60 countries and becoming the Pacific Northwest’s first foreign correspondent. He’s based in Oregon and Massachusetts, where he grew up after immigrating from Scotland. He enjoys hiking, skiing and washing dishes.


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