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Admissions Scandal Reveals ‘Aristocracy Masquerading as a Meritocracy’

In this CNN article, Ronald Brownstein writes about how the college admissions cheating scandal reveals deeper inequities in the higher education system. Brownstein uses information from the CEW report “Our Separate & Unequal Public Colleges.”

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Education Leaders Laud Some White House HEA Principles

In this Diverse Issues in Higher Education article, LaMont Jones writes about the White House’s priorities for the Higher Education Act as Congress works toward reauthorization. Jones quotes CEW Director Dr. Anthony P. Carnevale on the changes some proposals would bring in transparency and accountability at the program level in higher education. 

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The Admissions System Is Worse Than Broken. It’s Fixed.

In an op-ed published in The Washington Post, CEW Director Anthony P. Carnevale explores how higher education is not a meritocracy, but a system that favors already privileged students. “As is true with most aspects of American society,” he writes, “it is better to be rich than smart.”

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Presidential Hopefuls Are Pushing Free College Back Into the Spotlight. But What Does ‘Free’ Mean, Anyway?

Katherine Mangan writes in the Chronicle of Higher Education that even the meaning of “free” is hard to pin down when it comes to presidential candidates’ college-affordability proposals. Mangan uses data from the CEW report “Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements Through 2020” to explain how changing education and training requirements have motivated these proposals.

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Elite Colleges Constantly Tell Low-Income Students They Do Not Belong

In this Atlantic article, Clint Smith writes about how students who don’t come from wealthy backgrounds struggle to navigate elite-university life. Smith uses research from a book chapter by CEW Director Anthony P. Carnevale and Director of Research Jeff Strohl in Rewarding Strivers.

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Does Attending an Elite School Mean You’ll Earn More Money?

In this USA Today article, Zlati Meyer weighs the benefits of a degree from an elite college. Meyer quotes CEW Director Dr. Anthony P. Carnevale, who said the advantages of attending an elite college can disappear after just four years of working.

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5 Ideas for Change in Higher Ed From SXSW EDU

In this Education Dive article, Hallie Busta lists five ideas for improving higher ed, including increasing career service offerings and online degree options. Busta cites the CEW report “Learning While Earning: The New Normal” to show that one-fifth of today’s full-time students are also working full time.

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Here’s How to Get the Job You Really Want

In this CNBC article, Sharon Epperson and Jessica Dickler explain what skills are necessary in today’s workforce. Epperson and Dickler cite the CEW report “STEM” to explain the high demand for workers in science and technology occupations.

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Girls have always been better at school. Now it matters more.

In this Bloomberg article, Justin Fox explains why women are outperforming men in education, but not with their earnings. Fox cites the CEW report “The Economic Value of College Majors” to show differences in occupational earnings.

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How to Get an Internship in College

In this US News article, Josh Moody explains why college students should complete an internship early — and how they can use it to get ahead. Moody cites the CEW report “The College Payoff.”

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Great Jobs for English Majors

In this U.S. News article, Rebecca Koenig details great jobs for English majors from teacher to lawyer. Koenig cites the CEW report “Economic Value of College Majors” to compare the median earnings of English majors against that of all other majors.

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Attending college is a more uncertain experience today. Here’s how to avoid regret

In this CNBC article, Annie Nova and John W. Schoen discuss college debt and alternate pathways to good jobs. Nova and Schoen cite the CEW report “Three Educational Pathways to Good Jobs.”

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The Sweet Spot on Free College: Why 14 is the New 12

In this Washington Post op-ed, CEW Director Anthony P. Carnevale explains how politicians can navigate the free college debate — by declaring that 14 years of education is the new 12. He argues that this solution would set the expectation for all students to pursue some kind of education or training beyond high school.

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A Well-Meaning Job Training Bill That May Hurt More Than Help

In this New York Times article, Kevin Carey makes a case for some potential negative effects of the Jobs Act. Carey cites the CEW report “Certificates” to demonstrate how certificates affect earnings across demographic groups.

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The Bridge Between Jobs and the Labor Skills Gap is Education

In this Philadelphia Inquirer article, Gene Barr and Maurice Flurie explain the need to focus on workforce development. Barr and Flurie cite the CEW report “Good Jobs that Pay Without a BA” to suggest options for students following high school.

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At Arizona State, Big Lectures Are History

In this Wall Street Journal article, Douglas Belkin reports on changes in teaching at Arizona State University, which has seen a steady increase in its graduation rate in recent years. Belkin quotes CEW Director Anthony P. Carnevale.

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5 higher ed leaders tapped for Trump’s new workforce advisory board

In this Education Dive article, Hallie Busta writes about the five higher education leaders who have been appointed to the President’s new American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. Busta uses information from the CEW report, “Good Jobs That Pay without a BA.”

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What’s Keeping Girls From Translating ‘Soft Skills’ Superiority Into STEM Field Success?

In this Forbes article, David Cantor writes about how the overall gains for women in STEM do not reflect the fact that women comprise about half of the college-educated workforce. Cantor quotes Nicole Smith, chief economist at CEW.

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Mandy Moore is reportedly one of many people whose career was hurt by an abusive relationship

In this MarketWatch article, Nicole Lyn Pesce writes about the impact of the emotional abuse that Mandy Moore has suffered on her career. Pesce uses information from the CEW report, “The College Payoff.”

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Why it costs colleges far more to educate a physicist or teacher than an English major

In this MarketWatch article, Jillian Berman writes about the cost to colleges of teaching different subjects. Berman quotes Martin Van Der Werf, the associate director of editorial and post-secondary policy at CEW.

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