2,000+ data points on 7,000+ colleges: How to make stories & sense of the College Scorecard (Sponsored by Lumina Foundation)
The College Scorecard, conceived in response to the negative effects of high-profile college rankings, provided the public for the first time with information about the earnings of graduates who attended a school as well as their typical student loan debt and repayment rates. A vast federal database underlies the tool, including fields breaking down outcomes for socioeconomic and demographic groups at each school. This panel will walk through what’s what in the database, as well as how to clean it, analyze it and turn it into stories, from quick hits to in-depth projects.
Sarah Butrymowicz is senior editor for investigations at the Hechigner Report, where she covers early, K-12 and higher education. Prior to moving into this role, she was a staff writer and then data editor at Hechinger. She's won several awards for her reporting, including a 2016 Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists for an investigation into child care in Mississippi. @sarahbutro
Kim Clark has spent more than 30 years in newspaper and magazine newsrooms covering everything from the Olympics to the economy to higher education. She's a winner of an EWA investigative prize and a co-recipient of a Loeb. Her current job is to provide journalists with resources and training on covering higher education. Her latest side project: Kickomatic.org, which offers advice on writing kickers. Twitter: Kclarkcollege.
Andrew Kreighbaum covers federal policy for Inside Higher Ed in Washington, D.C. He has reported on student loans, Title IX policies, and federal regulations of the for-profit college sector. He previously covered higher ed and K-12 education at the El Paso Times and the Monitor in McAllen, Texas. @kreighbaum
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