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Public Agenda, 2015
The U.S. Department of Education has renewed its focus on ensuring that all students--especially those in under-resourced communities--have access to excellent educators. By June of 2015, all states must engage education stakeholders on locally-developed solutions to ensure every student has effective educators. This discussion starter is designed…
Descriptors: Teacher Competencies, Teacher Qualifications, Educational Quality, Equal Education
Public Agenda, 2015
Although over 80 percent of the 1.5 million students who enter community colleges each year indicate they intend to attain a bachelor's degree or higher, less than 40 percent earn any form of college credential within six years. This discussion starter is designed to help both higher education professionals and the average citizen work through how…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Opportunities, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
Public Agenda, 2015
Communities across the country are grappling with different approaches to improving their schools. Introducing or expanding charter schools is one of the approaches that states and school districts have considered or implemented. Charter schools serve more than 5 percent of public school students nationwide and make up close to 7 percent of all…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Public Schools, Educational Improvement, Program Implementation
Hagelskamp, Carolin; Schleifer, David; DiStasi, Christopher – Public Agenda, 2014
How do students and alumni of for-profit colleges feel about their schools and the value of their education? Do they have distinct expectations, priorities, and needs compared with students who choose to study at not-for-profit institutions? Are prospective students effectively weighing their options before deciding to enroll at for-profit…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Alumni, Proprietary Schools, Employer Attitudes
Kadlec, Alison; Gupta, Jyoti – Public Agenda, 2014
This report details findings from focus groups with college students across Indiana. All of these students were planning to transfer or had transferred from the state community college system, Ivy Tech, to a school in the Indiana University system. We wanted to find out what these students had to say about their experiences preparing for and…
Descriptors: Transfer Programs, Transfer Policy, Student Experience, Community Colleges
Public Agenda, 2014
Some researchers believe that collaboration between schools and community stakeholders--including families, educators, community organizations, and businesses--is the key to improving public education. However, broad and inclusive community-school partnerships are rare. Instead, we frequently hear about friction between communities and their…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Teacher Attitudes, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship
Public Agenda, 2014
What happens when local school leaders sit down to talk with teachers, parents, and other members of the community about the ends and means of local education? Can people bringing different perspectives and experiences to the issue agree on top goals for their communities? Can they settle on needed changes and decide what signifies genuine…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Public Agenda, 2013
New survey data from employers and community college students raise important questions about the state of online education today. Both groups remain skeptical about the value of this fast-spreading mode of learning. Important findings from this research include the following:(1) Most employers would prefer a job applicant with a traditional…
Descriptors: Employer Attitudes, Two Year College Students, Student Attitudes, Online Courses
Hagelskamp, Carolin; Schleifer, David; DiStasi, Christopher – Public Agenda, 2013
This research report examines the expectations, attitudes and needs of adults who are thinking about earning postsecondary credentials after having spent some or in most cases many years in the workforce. Most of these prospective students hope a certificate or degree will advance their chances in the labor market, but they are greatly worried…
Descriptors: College Bound Students, Reentry Students, Adult Students, Student Attitudes
Johnson, Jean; Gupta, Jyoti; Hagelskamp, Carolin; Hess, Jeremiah – Public Agenda, 2013
Are parents an untapped resource in improving and reimagining K-12 education in Kansas City? What do they think would enhance student learning and what are they willing to do to help their children get the education they deserve? These are among the questions explored in an in-depth survey of 1,566 parents with children now in public school in the…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Attitudes, Educational Improvement, Parent Role
Johnson, Jean – Public Agenda, 2013
Over the past 15 years, federal, state, and local officials have pursued a broad range of reforms aimed at ensuring that the nation's public school system is more accountable--that it delivers a rich, full education for children in communities across the country. New research from the Kettering Foundation and Public Agenda suggests that there are…
Descriptors: Accountability, Public Schools, Parent Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Public Agenda, 2012
Efforts to improve student learning and success at community colleges are in the national policy spotlight. Colleges around the country are reviewing their institutional practices and gathering groups of education stakeholders to design and then implement changes in advising, developmental education, programs of study and curricula, student…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Focus Groups, Educational Change, Student Experience
Johnson, Jean – Public Agenda, 2012
It's been a decade since former President Bush proposed and Congress passed the No Child Left Behind law. The goal of this law was to raise student achievement and reduce the gap between different groups of students, especially white and minority students. The law's passage reflected a broad consensus among elected officials, business leaders and…
Descriptors: Minority Groups, Minority Group Students, Educational Change, Best Practices
Hagelskamp, Carolin; DiStasi, Christopher – Public Agenda, 2012
Why do some schools in high-poverty communities produce remarkable stories of success while others fail? This study, conducted by Public Agenda and sponsored by the Ohio Business Roundtable, the Ohio Department of Education and The Ohio State University, attempts to shed light on this fundamentally important question by talking directly to…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Poverty, Effective Schools Research
Public Agenda, 2012
"Building Institutional Capacity for Data-Informed Decision Making" is the third installment of the Cutting Edge series, which aims to help colleges engage faculty, scale successful interventions, and create a strong culture of evidence through use of data to strengthen their institutional change and student success efforts. Though the…
Descriptors: Evidence, Community Colleges, Organizational Change, Decision Making
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