Thursday, August 2, 2018

APPAM is the Natural Place to Encourage New Scholars in our Field | APPAM Leadership Blog Series

I can still remember my first APPAM presentation in 1993 like it was yesterday. It was at 8 am on a Friday and all six of the panel members were from the West Coast, so we were bleary-eyed and tired. On my panel was a former university system provost, two leading scholars on higher ed governance, the President and CEO of the leading national nonprofit, a senior economist from a renowned think tank, and me—a graduate student at the RAND Graduate School. What an amazing opportunity!

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Incremental Delivery of Financial Aid to Promote College Success

Dec 22, 2014 02:30 PM

A large-scale evaluation of whether an innovative approach to distributing financial aid – through bi-weekly payments, like a paycheck, instead of one or two lump-sum payments – can improve academic outcomes for low-income college students.

 
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A Grad Student Experiences First Fall Conference

Dec 22, 2014 02:00 PM

As a graduate student in economics from the University of Washington, the Fall Research Conference organized by APPAM was a fantastic opportunity to learn and interact with scholars and practitioners from different fields and institutions. I attended this conference to present my work on educational policy, more specifically, how environmental pollution may impact students’ academic performance.

 
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Housing America’s Seniors: Demand, Supply, and Public Policy

Dec 18, 2014 06:00 PM

Affordable and accessible housing is a central tenet for people of all ages, especially so for older adults over the age of 65. Housing is often the largest cost in most household budgets, which directly affects day-to-day financial security and future wealthbuilding. Over the next three decades, the number of American households headed by people of age 65 and older will increase dramatically.

 

A Call for Big Changes to Meet a Big Challenge at Community Colleges

Dec 18, 2014 03:00 PM

More than a decade of efforts to propel low-income and underserved students through community college have fallen short because states and colleges haven’t made systemwide commitments to strategies like streamlining degree requirements, accelerating remediation, and financially rewarding colleges for raising graduation and persistence rates, according to a report being released today by Jobs for the Future.

 

Johns Hopkins to get up to $49M for evidence-based health care work

Dec 18, 2014 02:00 PM

Johns Hopkins' Evidence-Based Practice Center has been awarded a five-year federal contract worth up to $49 million. The award from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is intended to promote the use of data for making medical decisions and shaping public policy. The Evidence-Based Practice Center at Hopkins is one of 13 in the country.

 
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Reimagining the Educational Path to the Workforce

Dec 17, 2014 05:00 PM

One of the most longstanding problems that plagues the American postsecondary education system is the lack of a clear pathway for students to follow from the start of their education to their career. Complete College America, a national nonprofit that is dedicated to expanding the pool of American college graduates, tackles this problem as one of its five “game-changer” strategies, the Guided Pathways to Success (GPS).

 

Staunton school leaders, teachers learning data literacy

Dec 17, 2014 03:00 PM

Analyzing data from past performances can often be a good indicator of future success. It’s true in many industries, and true for education. But when you have so much data, scores and benchmarks for thousands of students, how does a school division break down that data? How does it set aside the data that isn’t going to be beneficial and focus on the information that is?

 

Affordable Care Act swelling ranks of self-employed, report says

Some economists and health experts say the ACA is spurring people to quit their jobs to pursue self-employment – and the trend is already starting to reap benefits for the economy as people feel free to pursue their desired careers.

 

Want better schools? Pay for them

Dec 16, 2014 03:00 PM

Public policies shape the footprints we leave as a society. The establishment of schools and the commitment to educating the masses during our nation's early history have been instrumental in creating the type of nation we have experienced over time.

 
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Local and State Minimum Wage Laws

Dec 16, 2014 02:00 PM

A wave of states and cities have recently passed laws raising their local minimum wage requirement above the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Earlier this year, my home city of Seattle passed a new law raising our minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2017, and San Francisco voters this month likewise approved a ballot measure to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 by 2018. Many commentators were surprised that voters in traditionally “red” states passed minimum wage increases.

 
 
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