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2012Education

Democratic Merit Project: Educational Disparities Causal Map

Download or View Report Understanding educational disparities is inherently challenging. While individual components can be studied and understood, understanding educational disparities as a whole has proven much more challenging. These disparities accumulate over time, involve many interactions including circular causality and feedback mechanisms, and extend from early childhood and elementary education to college completion. Often, … Continue reading »

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2012Education

Democratic Merit Project: Online Opinion Survey Summary of Findings

Download or View Report1 of 3   The Democratic Merit Project challenges institutions to operationalize “merit” in a way that promotes the conditions necessary for a thriving democracy and to define and use merit as an incentive system to reward those actions that a society values. One principal objective of the project is to link diversity … Continue reading »

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2012Education

Selective Undergraduate Admissions and the Opportunity Gap

Download or View Report Over the past four years, I have collaborated on two modest “tries” or essays aimed at challenging racial and economic isolation at K‐12 by creating new, and/or supporting existing, educational settings that prepare students to invigorate the liberal communities at our nation’s colleges and universities and the world beyond. These tries … Continue reading »

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2011Education

Attaining the American Dream: Racial Differences in the Effects of Pell Grants on Students’ Persistence and Educational Outcomes

Download or View The Full Report Expanding access to higher education is one of our nation’s top priorities. Accordingly, legislators and policymakers are attempting to balance budgets while continuing to support parents in their efforts to send their children to college. However, due to impending federal pronouncements and fiscal negotiations pertaining to student financial aid, … Continue reading »

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Higher Education and Diversity: Ethical and Practical Responsibility in the Academy

Download or View The Full Report The nation’s current economic difficulties and politically contentious atmosphere have raised doubts, and even fears, among many members of the American population. Polls show that the concern that Americans feel about the country’s future direction is at the highest level since the Great Depression, while the measure of confidence … Continue reading »

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