The Chronicle Wins 7 National Awards From Education Writers Assn.

February 28, 2011

The Education Writers Association on Monday recognized The Chronicle with an unparalleled seven National Awards for Education Reporting. The prestigious awards, which honor articles published in 2010, single out for praise 17 Chronicle reporters, editors, researchers, designers, and commentators.

The prizes were awarded to The Chronicle in the following categories:

  • Large-market print publications, beat reporting: Kelly Field, second prize, for coverage of for-profit colleges.
  • Large-market print publications, series: David Glenn, Sara Lipka, Andrea Fuller, Jeffrey Brainard, Alex Richards, Ron Coddington, Brian O'Leary, Robin Wilson, and Elyse Ashburn, special citation, for Measuring Stick, a series about how quality can be gauged in higher education.
  • Large-market print publications, investigative reporting: Kelly Field, Goldie Blumenstyk, Jeffrey Brainard, and Ron Coddington, special citation, for "The High Cost of Defaults," a set of articles and data about how the government counts students' loan-default rates and how colleges try to keep a lid on those rates.
  • Large-market print publications, opinion: Kevin Carey, second prize, for "Decoding the Value of Computer Science," on how a training in programming exposed two generations of young people to the rigors of logic and rhetoric.
  • Large-market print publications, opinion: Ed Dante (pseudonym), special citation, for "The Shadow Scholar," a description of the author's lucrative work as a ghost writer of academic papers.
  • Special-interest, institutional, and trade publications: Karin Fischer, Eric Kelderman, and Libby Nelson, first prize, for "Towns, Gowns, and Taxes," a set of articles and data about the conflicts between nonprofit colleges and their hometowns over the colleges' tax-exempt status and the towns' expectation of payments in lieu of taxes.
  • Special-interest, institutional, and trade publications: Eric Hoover, second prize, for "Application Inflation," an analysis of how colleges can appear to heighten their selectivity and thus their national ranking by the simple expedient of soliciting applications from students who can be easily rejected.

The awards will be presented on April 9 at the Education Writers Association's annual meeting, in New Orleans.