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  • Webinar: From Rescue to Rebuild: Developing a National ECE System That Works
    Friday, June 18, 2021
    Between historic bipartisan investments to stabilize and expand access to child care in 2020 and new proposals from Congress and the Biden Administration, the nation is poised to significantly increase access to quality early childhood education. To do this, we need a vision for a new and better system. In this webinar, experts discussed long-term federal policy solutions to build a comprehensive, equitable, and integrated early learning system. (read more)
  • New Report: Increasing Economic Diversity at a Flagship University
    Wednesday, May 19, 2021
    As U-M's HAIL scholarship program reaches five years of activity, a new report released by the researchers at EPI describes how targeted outreach has affected students' decisions about where they would apply to and enroll for college. (read more)
  • Weiland's recent op-ed answers key questions about President Biden's plan to offer free universal preschool
    Thursday, May 13, 2021
    In Professor Christina Weiland's recent Q&A op-ed, she underscores the importance of equitable access to early childhood education, "People recognize the benefits of attending preschool, the high costs that put preschool out of reach for many working families, & working parents’ needs for a stimulating, safe environment for their young children." (read more)
  • Dynarski’s research and advocacy for a simplified FAFSA becomes reality
    Monday, April 19, 2021
    Professor Susan Dynarski laid out the reality of pursuing higher education for many students in a 2015 NYT op-ed. “Many smart students forgo college in the mistaken belief that they cannot afford it,” she wrote. “The financial aid system, which is intended to increase opportunities for low-income students, is largely to blame.” Now, thanks in part to her unwavering commitment to scholarship and advocacy, change is coming from the December 2020 budget reconciliation bill, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in the final weeks of his administration. (read more)
  • EPI releases a new policy brief on the effects of COVID-19 on early childhood education centers
    Monday, March 29, 2021
    Even in a steady-funded “best case” scenario, teacher turnover, decreases in enrollment, and new safety protocols strain resources and stall quality improvements. Early childhood education (ECE) centers across the country are facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis. A new report released by the Education Policy Initiative at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy provides a snapshot of the challenges faced by early childhood education providers in community-based organizations (CBOs) participating in Boston’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) expansion. (read more)
  • Designed to fail: Effects of the default option and information complexity on student loan repayment
    Saturday, February 13, 2021
    Susan Dynarski’s recent research, “Designed to fail: Effects of the default option and information complexity on student loan repayment,” shows the powerful effects of default options and how making an income driven repayment (IDR) plan the default or only option can help borrowers avoid student loan default. (read more)
  • Jacob and Dynarski ranked among top U.S. education policy influencers
    Monday, January 11, 2021
    "Education Week released their 11th annual RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings—the top 200 university-based scholars who shape education practice and policy. Ford School professors Brian Jacob and Susan M. Dynarski were two of the four University of Michigan scholars recognized." (read more)
  • The student loan system has "layers and layers of dysfunction"
    Wednesday, January 6, 2021
    "As President-elect Joe Biden mulls forgiving $10,000 in student loan debt — and leading Democrats and others on his left push for more — one of our listeners wants to know: What would that do to the economy, and is it even possible for the White House to do it on its own?" (listen to podcast)
  • Unpausing Student Loan Payment: NPR interview
    Monday, December 7, 2020
    "More than 40 million student loan borrowers haven’t had to pay anything on their loans since March. These borrowers also haven’t accrued any interest, representing a rare chance for those saddled with such debt to save some money or make ends meet during a recession." (read more)
  • Low-income students lose ground
    Friday, December 4, 2020
    "The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the gaps between low-income and high-income students, according to an editorial in Science magazine by Ford School professor Sue Dynarski, written with Christopher Avery of Harvard and Sarah Turner from the University of Virginia." (read more)
  • Michigan Education Data Center an invaluable tool for research
    Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    "Does waiting a year to start kindergarten lead to better academic outcomes? How does participation in summer youth employment impact high school graduation and college enrollment? What career pathways are students pursuing?" (read more)
  • How the federal government could make college free
    Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    "Kevin Stange is quoted in a recent Market Watch article." (read more)
  • Colleges Are Fueling the Pandemic in a Classic Market Failure
    Thursday, October 8, 2020
    "Financial pressures explain why many campuses have brought students back. But there is a textbook solution, two economists say: government intervention." (read more)
  • EPI releases new policy brief analyzing FAFSA completion data for Michigan students in the wake of the pandemic
    Monday, August 10, 2020
    "Applications for financial aid lagging among low-income students." (read more)
  • The United States Is Reopening Many of the Wrong Schools
    Monday, August 3, 2020
    "When it is safe enough to return to school, young children would benefit the most. Yet financial pressures are pushing colleges to reopen most rapidly, an economist says." (read more)
  • Why the move to online instruction won’t reduce college costs
    Tuesday, July 28, 2020
    "As COVID-19 swept across the country in March, colleges shuttered and millions of students and instructors were propelled into a world of distance education." (read more)
  • IES Grant Supports Doctoral Student Training in Causal Inference in Education Policy Research
    Friday, July 10, 2020
    “The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education has renewed a 5-year, $4.6 million grant to support the University of Michigan's Education Policy Initiative Training Program in Causal Inference in Education Policy Research (CIEPR).” (read more)
  • Dynarski addresses remote learning inequities
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    “The pandemic has revealed enormous inequalities in homes, in schools, in families. So the technological challenges are large, and they are very much connected to a family's financial resources,” according to Ford School professor Susan Dynarski, who was featured in a story on ABC’s Nightline, May 20. The story looked at “teachers and students forced to adjust “with workarounds.” (read more)
  • The School Year Really Ended in March
    Wednesday, May 13, 2020
    “Abrupt closings have stalled the learning of millions of students. U.S. education needs a rescue, an economist says, and it won’t be cheap.” (read more)
  • U-M faculty members Dynarski, Shaefer named Carnegie Fellows
    Wednesday, May 12, 2020
    University of Michigan faculty members Susan Dynarski and H. Luke Shaefer have been chosen from hundreds of nominees as part of the prestigious Carnegie Fellows program. (read more)
  • Report finds gaps in access to career, technical ed programs
    Wednesday, February 5, 2020
    A new University of Michigan report detailing access to career and technical education programs in Michigan has found that while CTE courses are popular among high school students, there’s a gap in access to them. (read more)
  • Ball, Cohen, Duke, Dynarski, and Jacob on 2020 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Ranking list
    Wednesday, January 8, 2020
    American Enterprise Institute director of education policy studies and Education Week blogger Frederick M. Hess released his 2020 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Ranking. This list spotlights the top 200 education scholars who move ideas from academic journals into the national conversation. (read more)
  • Mike Widerspan was appointed ED of Iowa College Aid
    Wednesday, December 18, 2019
    The Iowa College Aid Board of Commissioners has selected Dr. Mark Wiederspan as the agency’s new Executive Director. Current Executive Director Karen Misjak will retire January 24 after 15 years at the agency and more than 30 years in the field of student financial aid. (read more)
  • Dynarski’s work on school day SAT testing cited in Inside Higher Ed analysis of the 2019 test results
    Friday, November 8, 2019
    Sue Dynarski’s research is cited in a recent Inside Higher Ed analysis of an initiative that expanded access to the SAT for low-income, first-generation, and minority students. (read more)
  • Dynarski named one of inaugural Distinguished Diversity & Social Transformation Professors
    Thursday, September 19, 2019
    On Thursday, September 19, Ford School Professor Susan Dynarski was named one of nine inaugural recipients of the University of Michigan Distinguished Diversity and Social Transformation Professorship. (read more)
  • Sue testified before House Subcommittee on Education and Labor
    Friday, May 10, 2019
    College access has been getting a lot of buzz, but getting more people to enroll in higher education is only the first step. Helping people graduate is proving a larger hurdle, something the House Committee on Education and Labor’s Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment has decided to investigate. (read more)