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de Alva, Jorge Klor; Schneider, Mark – American Enterprise Institute, 2018
Apprenticeships are often considered the "gold standard" of workforce education. They are formal training programs during which successful applicants are paid while being trained on the job by experienced workers or mentors. Acquiring new skills in the workplace is accompanied by related training, typically provided by an educational…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Community Colleges, Barriers, College Role
Duwe, Grant – American Enterprise Institute, 2018
Inmates in American prisons are undereducated and underemployed. Compared to adults in the US, prisoners are at least three times more likely to be without a high school or general educational development (GED) diploma and four times less likely to have a postsecondary degree. Studies have consistently found that unemployment rates for prisoners,…
Descriptors: Correctional Education, Institutionalized Persons, Instructional Effectiveness, Employment Programs
Burgess, Rebecca – American Enterprise Institute, 2018
Veterans are the unacknowledged permanent ambassadors of national service. How veterans are publicly portrayed directly relates to how society conceptualizes military service, including what happens to an individual during that service. In an all-volunteer force, reputation is key to the attractiveness of joining a profession that can end in death…
Descriptors: Veterans Education, Federal Legislation, Economic Opportunities, Empowerment
Hess, Frederick M., Ed.; Hatalsky, Lanae Erickson, Ed. – American Enterprise Institute, 2018
It feels like an ocean's worth of ink has been dedicated to the rising cost of college. From press coverage to the latest public opinion polls to the drumbeat of proposals for "free college," you could be forgiven for assuming that the only real problem with American higher education is the price tag. And cost is, indeed, a real issue.…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, College Graduates, Educational Change, Educational Attainment
Cheng, Albert; Hitt, Collin – American Enterprise Institute, 2018
Career and technical education (CTE) programs are diverse. But, historically, they have all carried a common stigma: They are not academic. CTE has traditionally been seen as an alternative to academic programs. This nonacademic stigma brings on a stereotype, especially for high schoolers: Students in CTE programs are unmotivated, uninterested in…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Vocational Education, Student Characteristics, Stereotypes
Delisle, Jason D. – American Enterprise Institute, 2018
This report is one of the first to examine federal student loan repayments for graduate institutions. While the data are not without limitations and this report is based only on two lists of 20 institutions each, the data reveal some important findings. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have some of the weakest rates of loan…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Graduate Students, Student Financial Aid, Loan Repayment
Pickford, Jocelyn – American Enterprise Institute, 2018
Traditional liberal arts colleges employ a variety of initiatives to connect students to work opportunities--internship programs, co-ops, and work study, to name a few. These initiatives often provide students with some additional income or expose them to a potential career, but they do not necessarily go so far as to fully integrate employment…
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Liberal Arts, Work Study Programs, Models
Stevens, Katharine B. – American Enterprise Institute, 2018
The early experiences of babies and young children have a profound, lasting impact on the rest of their lives. Too many low-income children today are entering kindergarten so far behind that they can never catch up. High-quality childcare, which helps the country's youngest, most disadvantaged children get a good start while enabling their parents…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Partnerships in Education, Early Childhood Education, Child Care
Saultz, Andrew – American Enterprise Institute, 2018
The purpose of this report is to explore teacher dismissal practices in Georgia. The report analyzes data in the Fulton County School System from 2012 to 2017, the DeKalb county School District from 2011 to 2016, and the Atlanta Public Schools from 2011 to 2013. The goal of this report was to understand: (1) what teacher dismissal practices in…
Descriptors: Teacher Dismissal, Teacher Effectiveness, Public School Teachers, Teacher Evaluation
Malkus, Nat; Hatfield, Jenn – American Enterprise Institute, 2017
The charter school movement is premised on the idea that, if independent operators create differentiated and innovative schooling options, families will benefit from making meaningful choices among those options that reflect their preferences. Charters are freed from many of the constraints traditional public schools face, allowing them to…
Descriptors: Models, Charter Schools, Student Characteristics, Vocational Education
Danielsen, Bartley R. – American Enterprise Institute, 2017
Oftentimes, policymakers discuss school reform only in terms of its benefits to students. In this brief, researcher Bartley R. Danielsen identifies how more multifaceted reforms can not only improve educational outcomes for students but also revitalize communities by encouraging wealthy families to remain in lower-income areas, thereby raising…
Descriptors: School Choice, Educational Quality, Public Policy, Desegregation Methods
Hess, Frederick M.; Hamilton, Kelsey – American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2016
Going back a quarter century to 1992, our last three presidents all made education an integral issue of their campaigns. However, education has been largely absent during the 2016 presidential contest. Why is education not drawing much attention? For most people, education is not as urgent as national security and the economy. Much of education's…
Descriptors: Public Opinion, Educational Attitudes, Elections, Surveys
Kelly, Andrew P.; Columbus, Rooney – American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2016
Competency-based education (CBE) has garnered significant attention lately from reformers and policymakers. Put simply, CBE awards credit based on what students have learned rather than how much time they spend in class. Competency-based programs identify specific competencies, develop assessments to measure mastery of those competencies, and then…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Educational Research, Postsecondary Education, Prior Learning
Marcus, Jon – American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2016
Income-share agreements (ISAs) are an emerging idea for helping students pay for college. Under an ISA, investors provide upfront sums of money toward students' college tuition and other associated costs in exchange for a fixed percentage of the recipients' earnings after graduation. This paper--the first in a series examining private financing in…
Descriptors: Private Financial Support, Paying for College, Student Financial Aid, Income
Hess, Frederick M.; Little, Bethany – American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2015
More than a decade ago, Michael Lewis penned the influential book "Moneyball." An examination of how Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane used data to make his franchise competitive with wealthier baseball teams, the book struck a chord. Beane's strategy of making decisions based on data had a powerful and positive impact on the…
Descriptors: Federal Regulation, Educational Policy, Federal Programs, Finance Reform
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