About Work Shift

Work Shift, part of the Open Campus network, is a digital hub for news, analysis, and opinion focused on whether education and training are delivering the talent and opportunity that society needs.

Why? Education and work are evolving rapidly—news coverage isn’t keeping up.

Access. Completion. Career.  Over the past two decades, our understanding of success in postsecondary education has evolved dramatically. We’ve come to more fully understand that access and completion don’t mean much if credentials don’t translate to good careers, economic growth and mobility, and ultimately better lives. As the future of work arrives and government investment expands dramatically, there’s a need for sophisticated reporting and analysis aimed squarely at the intersection of education and work.

The Team

Elyse Ashburn, editor of Work Shift: A writer and analyst in higher education. Elyse served as chief of staff to the president at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Previously, as an editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education, she oversaw stories on enrollment management and student success. Contact Elyse.

Paul Fain, contributing editor and writer of The Job newsletter: A former editor and reporter at Inside Higher Ed, Paul’s weekly newsletter explores connections between education and the American workforce. Follow him at @paulfain. Sign up here to get The Job in your inbox.

About Open Campus

Open Campus is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to investigating and elevating higher education. We’re building a local network of sophisticated higher-education journalists, supported by a team of national editors and reporters who are subject-matter experts. Our local higher ed reporters are embedded in partner newsrooms. We currently work with seven newsrooms in six states. (See the map of our Open Campus network here.) At the national level, we publish five newsletters written by expert journalists that reach policymakers, civic leaders, journalists, college officials, and other decision makers.