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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
Kelly, Andrew P. – American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2015
The path to economic mobility increasingly runs through postsecondary education. Although the combination of rising tuition prices and a difficult labor market have raised questions about the value of education after high school, degree and certificate holders are still better off than those with just a high school diploma. As a group, young…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Educational Attitudes, Labor Market, Employment Potential
McClarty, Katie Larsen; Gaertner, Matthew N. – American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2015
Competency-based education (CBE) programs are growing in popularity as an alternative path to a postsecondary degree. Freed from the seat-time constraints of traditional higher education programs, CBE students can progress at their own pace and complete their postsecondary education having gained relevant and demonstrable skills. The CBE model has…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Best Practices, Higher Education, Educational Assessment
Franklin, Chip; Lytle, Robert – American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2015
Excitement is growing about the potential for competency-based education (CBE) to become a transformative force in higher education. Yet while much of the attention paid to ever-expanding CBE efforts focuses on student and institutional priorities, little effort has been made to understand the perspectives and needs of the employers who must hire…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Employer Attitudes, Knowledge Level, Educational Benefits
Stevens, Katharine B.; McShane, Michael Q.; Kelly, Andrew P.; Hess, Frederick M. – American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2015
Above all else, the American creed is one of liberty and opportunity. In the 21st century, whether the topic is economic opportunity, responsible citizenship, or political engagement, the role of education is more significant than ever before. That means political and civic leaders committed to a vision of opportunity--and especially to equal…
Descriptors: Agenda Setting, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Educational Change
Lacey, Aaron; Murray, Christopher – American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2015
In recent years, competency-based education (CBE) has made considerable inroads in higher education. Various institutions have developed or begun developing a range of programs modeled on competency-based principles. CBE is viewed by many, and with good reason, as a potential means to deliver a more effective educational experience at a lower…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Competency Based Education, State Regulation, Federal Regulation
McShane, Michael Q.; Hatfield, Jenn; English, Elizabeth – American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2015
In 1988, Albert Shanker, head of the United Federation of Teachers, suggested that small groups of teachers could design charter (performance-based)schools as alternatives to local public schools. In theory, charter school teachers would be held in check by a performance contract but would be otherwise free from rules, norms, and regulations that…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Administration, Accountability, Professional Autonomy
McShane, Michael Q. – American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2015
School choice is an education reform premised on a simple proposition: give families more choices, and they will find schools that best fit their children's needs. In short, school choice aims to create a marketplace of schooling options. School choice programs will succeed or fail based on how well they are able to create this marketplace and how…
Descriptors: Supply and Demand, School Choice, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
Burgess, Rebecca – American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2015
Democracy requires well-informed citizens, with the habits and mind-set required to maintain a free and self-governing society. Teachers, in turn, are key to establishing those habits of heart and mind on which democracies rely. As such, teachers benefit from exposure to professional development (PD) opportunities that refresh and augment their…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Faculty Development, Secondary School Teachers
Kelly, Andrew P. – American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2015
Andrew Kelly, the director of the Center on Higher Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute, shares his views on the concept of risk-sharing in higher education. The author presents the question: How would a risk-sharing policy--where colleges bear some financial responsibility for a portion of the federal loans that their students do…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Policy, Risk Management, Higher Education
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