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Cordes, Sarah A.; Schwartz, Amy Ellen – Urban Institute, 2019
Using uniquely detailed individual-level data on transportation provided to all New York City public school students, we examine the relationship between transportation use and school quality for elementary school students (K-5). We find that students who attend choice schools are more likely to use transportation (either school bus or free public…
Descriptors: Transportation, Urban Schools, Public Schools, Correlation
Blagg, Kristin; Rosenboom, Victoria; Chingos, Matthew M. – Urban Institute, 2018
We measure the relationship between travel time to school and students' likelihood of transfer (and where they transfer to), attendance, and test scores in Washington, DC. Travel time to school is especially salient in DC, where roughly three-quarters of students attend a school other than the one tied to their neighborhood. A longer commute is…
Descriptors: Travel, Time, Transfer Students, Attendance Patterns
Denice, Patrick; Gross, Betheny – Urban Institute, 2018
In an analysis of 3,100 students entering ninth grade in Denver, this report identified 1,000 "super travelers," students willing to travel farther or past more schools to get to their first-choice high school. Super travelers' first-choice schools had better academic outcomes, fewer disciplinary incidents, and more advanced courses and…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Urban Areas, Travel, High Schools
Greenberg, Erica – Urban Institute, 2018
Free and reduced-price lunch status has long been used as a proxy measure for student poverty. This brief offers a short history of school lunch and its recent decline as a measure of economic disadvantage. It then provides a primer on "direct certification," the most promising alternative, which links student enrollment with public…
Descriptors: Poverty, Lunch Programs, Low Income Students, Economically Disadvantaged
Blagg, Kristin – Urban Institute, 2018
Master's degree programs have changed dramatically in the past decade. Roughly 785,000 master's degrees were awarded in 2015-16, at a rate of about two master's degrees awarded for every five bachelor's degrees (appendix figure 1). Journalists have touted the master's degree as "the new bachelor's degree"for young workers who want to…
Descriptors: Masters Degrees, Masters Programs, Educational Trends, Enrollment Trends
Blagg, Kristin; Blom, Erica – Urban Institute, 2018
The growing availability of new data has pushed state policymakers to increasingly consider the return on investment of higher education. In this brief, we highlight key components of the return to higher education investments for both individual students and state taxpayers. By synthesizing research on how the value of education is realized at…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Higher Education, College Students, Paying for College
Adams, Gina; Spaulding, Shayne – Urban Institute, 2018
National and state policymakers are considering whether to expand or establish work requirements for safety net programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid. During this process, policymakers should take into account what safety net program recipients need to meet those requirements and place themselves on a…
Descriptors: Welfare Services, Health Insurance, Nutrition, Low Income Groups
Kuehn, Daniel; Hecker, Ian – Urban Institute, 2018
College graduates do not always use what they learn during school in their day-to-day work. In many cases, this disconnect between school and work is natural. Most jobs, even jobs closely related to a worker's field of study, include administrative and employer-specific tasks that are not taught in school. But sometimes workers do not use what…
Descriptors: Employee Attitudes, College Graduates, Outcomes of Education, Individual Characteristics
Baum, Sandy; Harris, Douglas N.; Kelly, Andrew; Mitchell, Ted – Urban Institute, 2017
The federal role in higher education has grown over the past two decades, and now a new administration has the opportunity to chart the direction of the country's colleges and universities. To help inform these decisions, the Urban Institute convened a bipartisan group of scholars and policy advisers to write a series of memos highlighting the…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Higher Education, Federal Government, Government Role
Scott-Clayton, Judith – Urban Institute, 2017
The federal role in higher education has grown over the past two decades, and now a new administration has the opportunity to strengthen policies that support students and their colleges and universities. To help inform these decisions, the Urban Institute convened a bipartisan group of scholars and policy advisers to write a series of memos…
Descriptors: Tuition Grants, Federal Aid, Efficiency, Higher Education
Deming, David J.; Figlio, David – Urban Institute, 2017
The federal role in higher education has grown over the past two decades, and now a new administration has the opportunity to strengthen policies that support students and their colleges and universities. To help inform these decisions, the Urban Institute convened a bipartisan group of scholars and policy advisers to write a series of memos…
Descriptors: Accountability, Higher Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Policy
Matsudaira, Jordan – Urban Institute, 2017
The federal role in higher education has grown over the past two decades, and now a new administration has the opportunity to strengthen policies that support students and their colleges and universities. To help inform these decisions, the Urban Institute convened a bipartisan group of scholars and policy advisers to write a series of memos…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Federal Programs, Government Role, Educational Improvement
Castleman, Ben – Urban Institute, 2017
The federal role in higher education has grown over the past two decades, and now a new administration has the opportunity to strengthen policies that support students and their colleges and universities. To help inform these decisions, the Urban Institute convened a bipartisan group of scholars and policy advisers to write a series of memos…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Policy, Federal Programs, Federal Aid
Holzer, Harry J. – Urban Institute, 2017
The federal role in higher education has grown over the past two decades, and now a new administration has the opportunity to strengthen policies that support students and their colleges and universities. To help inform these decisions, the Urban Institute convened a bipartisan group of scholars and policy advisers to write a series of memos…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Policy, Federal Programs, Disadvantaged
Cellini, Stephanie Riegg; Koedel, Cory – Urban Institute, 2017
The federal role in higher education has grown over the past two decades, and now a new administration has the opportunity to strengthen policies that support students and their colleges and universities. To help inform these decisions, the Urban Institute convened a bipartisan group of scholars and policy advisers to write a series of memos…
Descriptors: Proprietary Schools, College Administration, Educational Policy, Accountability
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