Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 6

8:00–9:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:00–10:30 AM

Plenary Session: Do Students Invest Wisely in College?

This plenary session will summarize the labor market returns to college. Panelists will present evidence on returns to bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as returns to the many sub-baccalaureate awards offered by colleges. Key differences in returns—for example, across awards, subjects, institutions, and student attributes—will be highlighted. This evidence will be examined in light of recent and expected changes in the structure of the labor market.

Speakers: Clive Belfield, Queens College, City University of New York, and CAPSEE; Anthony Carnevale, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce; James Jacobs, Macomb Community College; Catherine Rampell, The Washington Post

11:00 AM–12:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

12:30–1:30 PM

Lunch/Keynote

Keynote speaker: Thomas Bailey, Community College Research Center and CAPSEE

1:30–3:00 PM

Plenary Session: Does Society Invest Wisely in College?

This plenary session will examine the labor market consequences of public funding for colleges. The panelists will describe the effects of financial aid systems on college completion and students’ subsequent earnings; they will also consider how financial aid and state subsidies could be reformed to improve labor market outcomes for students.

Speakers: Judith Scott-Clayton, Community College Research Center and CAPSEE; Susan Dynarski, University of Michigan and CAPSEE; Laura Perna, University of Pennsylvania; Sandy Baum, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute

3:30–5:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

5:30–7:00 PM

Reception

Friday, April 7

8:00–9:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:00–10:30 AM

Plenary Session: Are Colleges Structured to Optimize Investments?

This plenary session will examine whether colleges are organized so students can gain high returns to college. Panelists will examine which college characteristics or practices are most strongly associated with labor market success, with a focus on the labor market returns to for-profit colleges. Panelists will also consider what organizational changes might be made to colleges to enhance the economic value of attending college.

Speakers: David Deming, Harvard Graduate School of Education and CAPSEE; Harry Holzer, Georgetown University; John Friedman, Brown University

11:00 AM–12:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

12:30–2:00 PM

Plenary Session and Lunch: Are Colleges Guiding Students to Choose Valuable Programs and Pathways?

This plenary session will consider whether the choices students make in college are likely to ensure their future labor market success. Panelists will present evidence on whether students are choosing programs with strong earnings and employment outcomes and whether the particular college pathways they pursue—such as transferring to a four-year institution or combining work with study—are advantageous. Panelists will also consider whether colleges are making the decisions that students must make about courses, programs, and pathways too complicated, and how these options might be simplified so that students can maximize their benefits from college.

Speakers: Davis Jenkins, Community College Research Center and CAPSEE; William Law, St. Petersburg College; Tristan Denley, Tennessee Board of Regents; Michael Collins, Jobs for the Future

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