Nanci Babigian, wife of George, the long-time executive director of the association and emeritus executive director, passed away in late January ( She devoted many hours to keeping the organization going, especially during annual conferences when she ran the registration desk and ensured that sessions ran smoothly. She also served as the unofficial hostess at countless meetings, both formal and informal, of the association's board.

In this Issue:

  • AEFP 43rd Annual Conference
  • AEFP 43rd Annual Conference - Call for Proposals
  • Travel stipends for policymakers and practitioners
  • Upcoming Award Opportunities
  • Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • Current AEFP President Selected for Spencer Foundation Award
  • Institutional Members
  • Membership Applications
  • AEFP Officers and EF&P

By Keri Hunter, ISCRC Planning Committee,

Save the date!

We are pleased to announce that the International School Choice and Reform Conference (ISCRC) will be returning to its original home in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The sixth annual event will take place January 12-15, 2018, at the Sonesta Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale.

The State of Wyoming, Wyoming Legislative Service Office, acting on behalf of the Wyoming Legislature's Management Council has released an RFP that may be of interest to you. I have attached the opportunity for your convenience. Please register with Public Purchase if you are interested. The Procurement Office posts bid and RFP opportunities through the Public Purchase website at You must be registered to submit questions and ultimately upload your response to this opportunity.



Issue and Conference on Using Administrative Data for Social Science and Policy

Andrew M. Penner
University of California, Irvine


Kenneth A. Dodge
Duke University

Is college always worth it? What factors have the biggest influence on whether college pays off for students in the labor market? What can institutions do to make college a better investment? And given the high cost of attending college, what should the government be doing to help Americans get a degree?

The conference wraps up five years of research into the relationship between higher education, especially sub-baccalaureate programs, and employment outcomes, much of it based on analysis of student data from five states—California, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia. This is the final conference hosted by CAPSEE, a research center funded by the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences and led by the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University.


  • AEFP 42nd Annual Conference
  • President’s Message
  • New Conference Happenings: Policy Conversations
  • Keynote Address: Raj Chetty
  • NCES Pre-Conference Workshop
  • 2016 Award Winners
  • Board of Directors Candidates
  • AEFP Officers and EF&P
  • Institutional Members

AERA announces an extended deadline for the Fall 2016 AERA Grants Program competition. The program is currently accepting proposals for both Dissertation and Research Grants until Thursday, September 15, 2016. The AERA Grants Program, with support from the National Science Foundation, provides small grants for conducting studies of education policy and practice using federally-funded, large-scale data sets.

The Center for Finance and Policy (CFP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) invites nominations for its inaugural dissertation award competition. The goal of the award is to recognize and reward outstanding doctoral research that advances knowledge in the area of finance and policy.