Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Register for the Upcoming Webinar: The Impact of Student Loan Debt on the Workforce

With student loan debt tripling between 2001 and 2016, hitting the $1.5 trillion milestone in the first quarter of 2018, the Federal Reserve reports that student loan debt now exceeds both auto and credit card debt. This webinar will provide an overview of national student debt, explore how debt impacts job seekers, hiring trends such as job seekers being overqualified or underemployed, current research and policy, and more. Join on October 18th at 1:00 pm EDT.


Working Group on Poverty Releases Report; Group Includes APPAM President and Two Past Presidents

AEI and Brookings released a plan last week for reducing poverty in America.  The 88 page report is titled, "Opportunity, Responsiblity, and Security: A Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty and Restoring the American Dream."  What's unusual about the plan is the group and the process used to create it. 

The 15 person working group included two past APPAM Presidents (Judith Gueron and Jane Waldfogel), the current APPAM President (Ron Haskins) and several other very active APPAM members (Sheldon Danziger, Robert Doar, Harry Holzer, Larry Mead and Ronald Mincy). Further, the group included a variety of perspectives and idsciplines to ensure a well rounded report, based on consensus.

The group considered three major domains of life simultaneously: family, work, and education.  While quite a bit of work has been done around these three areas seprately, the group felt it important to consider these issues together to help achieve success.

Finally, the report is grounded in three broad American values; namely, opportunity, responsiblity and security.

The impace of the report should be broad. According to APPAM President Ron Haskins, "the most important accomplishment of the report is to show that a bipartisan group can find the compromises to support a broad and interlocking set of proposals that would reduce poverty and increase economic mobility in the U.S."




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