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Delisle, Jason D. – American Enterprise Institute, 2020
The 2020 Democratic presidential primary elevated free-college plans to the top of the national agenda, with many candidates proposing expansive programs to help states make public colleges and universities free for in-state students. Proponents of these plans argue that tuition at public colleges and universities has become increasingly…
Descriptors: Paying for College, Student Financial Aid, Public Colleges, Tuition
Xu, Di; Solanki, Sabrina; Harlow, Ashley – American Enterprise Institute, 2020
Two-year colleges have served as vital stepping-stones for students seeking to earn a bachelor's degree. To achieve that goal, these students must complete their current program's requirements and then matriculate at a four-year college--a process known as "vertical transfer." This is commonly extolled as a cost-saving strategy, but it…
Descriptors: Two Year Colleges, Outcomes of Education, Bachelors Degrees, Educational Attainment
Blissett, Richard – American Enterprise Institute, 2020
This report investigates several key questions concerning the current career and technical education (CTE) policy environment. First, what are common themes in how legislators have discussed the most recent legislative actions on CTE? Second, are there differences in these themes across the House and the Senate? Finally, did Democrats and…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Educational Policy, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
Xu, Di; Solanki, Sabrina – American Enterprise Institute, 2020
Almost three-quarters of instructors in America's higher education system are contingent faculty. Colleges and universities have increasingly relied on them as a flexible and cost-saving way to provide instructional services. Concerns over poor working conditions, low wages, and lack of job security have led to ongoing discussions about whether…
Descriptors: Tenure, College Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, Teacher Effectiveness
Rees, Nina – American Enterprise Institute, 2020
There are three reasons conservatives should support making access to a high-quality public education a constitutionally protected civil right. First, a constitutional right to a high-quality public education should not confer a right to sue for individual services. Second, elected governors and legislators, not judges, would continue to make…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Access to Education, Public Education
Horn, Michael B. – American Enterprise Institute, 2020
As conservatives consider ways to crash through the growing choke hold that college degrees have held in employers' hiring processes, one idea that has gained currency is allowing federal student aid to follow students to unaccredited providers of education. Conservatives have also shown interest in funding competency-based programs--in which…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Higher Education, Educational Innovation, Accountability
Eden, Max – American Enterprise Institute, 2020
Conservatives should be for school safety. It sounds so easy that it should go without saying. But the sad fact is that the progressive-minded education establishment has subordinated safety to "social justice." America's schools should not be governed by the whims of progressive groupthink. They should be governed by school boards that…
Descriptors: School Safety, Educational Policy, Classroom Techniques, Teacher Attitudes
Skandera, Hanna – American Enterprise Institute, 2020
The American dream--the belief that anyone is capable of upward mobility and a better life than the one in which they were born--is in jeopardy. According to Harvard economist Raj Chetty, American families are experiencing reduced upward mobility across generations. Education is the key to reversing the trajectory of upward mobility, imparting…
Descriptors: Social Mobility, Role of Education, Online Courses, Educational Technology
Delisle, Jason D.; Cooper, Preston – American Enterprise Institute, 2020
At the end of 2019, 43 million Americans owed over $1.5 trillion in federal student loans. The rapid increase in these balances over the past decade has led many to deem student debt a "crisis." Now, there is growing support among Democratic policymakers, and even some Republicans, to immediately cancel all or most of the federal…
Descriptors: Student Loan Programs, Debt (Financial), Federal Aid, Paying for College
Burke, Lindsey M. – American Enterprise Institute, 2020
The appraisal process is used in numerous settings. Any costly expense with a high potential for information asymmetry has an associated appraisal market. Yet, while taxpayers spend more than $182,000, on average, during a child's K-12 education to get that child from kindergarten through 12th grade, no similar appraisal market exists in…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Access to Information, Educational Finance
Finn, Chester E., Jr. – American Enterprise Institute, 2020
Would-be citizens must complete a multistep process that includes answering--in person and orally--10 questions selected from 100. These 100 questions range across civics, American government, US history, a bit of geography, and even major holidays and symbols. The revealing 2018 Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation survey shows that…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Tests, Curriculum Development
McShane, Michael Q. – American Enterprise Institute, 2020
Homeschooling can be challenging. Particularly as children age, parents can find themselves out of their depth trying to teach more advanced coursework. Many families also want their children to be part of a community while still maintaining primary control of their child's education. For them, traditional schools (whether public or private,…
Descriptors: Home Schooling, Blended Learning, Political Attitudes, Social Isolation
Delisle, Jason D.; Christensen, Cody – American Enterprise Institute, 2020
Researchers, policymakers, and the public are increasingly interested in judging colleges and universities on measures beyond selectivity and prestige. When Opportunity Insights compiled the first-ever dataset to highlight colleges that are the best at promoting economic mobility among students, these groups embraced the new information with…
Descriptors: Reputation, Educational Policy, Educational Opportunities, Social Mobility
Candal, Cara Stillings – American Enterprise Institute, 2020
High-quality early childhood education makes a difference: It increases academic attainment and pro-social behavior, positively affects health, and allows more parents to reap the benefits of work. Conservatives care about early education, but liberals have made headway with universal public pre-kindergarten (pre-K), an expensive proposition that…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, State Policy, Educational Policy, Educational Vouchers
Mehta, Jal – American Enterprise Institute, 2020
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is having a moment. After years of being neglected for an agenda heavily focused on test scores, the pendulum is swinging back toward the whole child. The 2015 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act asks states to develop at least one metric, outside reading and math scores, to measure…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Educational Quality, Academic Education
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