As student debt piles up and college costs escalate, concern about the value of a college degree has grown. While a college education is an investment in human capital that leads, on average, to significantly higher earnings over the course of a person’s work life, the data in this report show wide variation in the payoff of a college education across different fields of study and among students completing different postsecondary credentials.
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16 Sep 2016
Inequality in college access is a serious problem in American higher education, and evidence suggests that loan aversion may be especially prevalent among underserved and underrepresented students. This brief describes how income share agreements can provide an alternative to student loans—in particular, for loan-averse individuals.
14 Sep 2016
Imagine a STEM education for all students, regardless of neighborhood, race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status or disability, in preschool through high school and beyond—lifelong learning. Imagine high schools housed inside national tech companies; imagine games, simulations, and cognitive tutoring systems; and students learning through activities that invite play, risk, and even failure. In this blog post, Courtney Tanenbaum shares the vision of a diverse group of experts about what STEM should look like in ten years.
14 Sep 2016
This paper enters the debate about how U.S. schools might address long-standing disparities in educational and economic opportunities while improving the educational outcomes for all students. The aim is to spark fruitful discussion among educators, policymakers, and researchers.
14 Sep 2016
A strong science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education is becoming increasingly recognized as a key driver of opportunity. In a series of discussion-based workshops, 30 experts and thought leaders were invited to exchange ideas and develop recommendations for the future of STEM education.
13 Sep 2016
In this episode from the Education Policy Center, The Research to Practice Connection in School Improvement, Kerstin Carlson LeFloch and Catherine Barbour discuss what research tell us about best practices in school improvement and setting how leaders can share a vision for success.
6 Sep 2016
Income inequality is substantial for people 65 and over, but less pronounced than it would be without Social Security and Medicare. A new brief offers a look at what the distribution of financial resources would be like in their absence, and addresses how proposed changes should be analyzed.
6 Sep 2016
September 8, 2016 is the 50th anniversary of UNESCO's International Literacy Day. Founded to actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies, it is now celebrated around the world. Learn more about the projects, people, research, and in-country technical assistance that are contributing to the effort.
1 Sep 2016
Cultivating Oral Language Literacy Talent in Students (COLLTS) is an early childhood language program that promotes the development of pre-reading skills, oral language proficiency, and background and conceptual knowledge through the use of interactive reading with high-quality children’s literature. The COLLTS method was created by researchers with over a decade of experience in developing literacy curricula for bilingual and low-income students in the United States.
31 Aug 2016
Today, success isn’t just about what you know. It’s also about how quickly you can grasp and apply new knowledge. That’s the theory behind “deeper learning,” a broad term encompassing the goals of an increasing number of U.S. schools and school systems. In a series of reports, researchers at AIR examined whether and how opportunities for deeper learning change high school graduation and college attendance rates for students. In this blog post, Kristina Zeiser, Jordan Rickles, and Mette Huberman share the studies’ results.