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.


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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.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Grants Program is accepting applications to attend the Institute on Statistical Analysis for Education Policy: Using Large-Scale Data to Study Mathematics Education and Outcomes to be held in Washington, DC, May 10-13, 2016. The goal of the Institute is to build the capacity of the U.S.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is launching a multi-year initiative to take advantage of the state’s wealth of student, educator, and finance data to help school districts make better resource allocation decisions. ESE is currently seeking bids from qualified organizations that are interested in assisting the agency in creating actionable reports, providing technical assistance to school districts, and disseminating information statewide.

Request for Proposals to Study the Cost of an Adequate Education in Vermont The State of Vermont is seeking proposals for a study of the cost of an adequate education and the implementation of an adequacy-based education funding system. More information is available . Proposals must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM on June 30, 2015 to Legislative Joint Fiscal Office, 1 Baldwin Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.

The AEFP newsletter is sent to members and helps the Board of Directors conduct the business of the organization. Our logos above illustrate our past, present and future as AEFP prepares to celebrate its 40th year.

This newletter edition includes the 2015-16 Board of Directors slate of nominees, the annual conference general session speakers, and information on the AEFP award winners and their conference sessions.

Sponsored by the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP), the second edition of this groundbreaking handbook assembles in one place the existing research-based knowledge in education finance and policy, with particular attention to elementary and secondary education. Chapters from the first edition have been fully updated and revised to reflect current developments, new policies, and recent research. With new chapters on teacher evaluation, alternatives to traditional public schooling, and cost-benefit analysis, this volume provides a readily available current resource for anyone involved in education finance and policy.