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TC Launches $300 Million Fundraising Campaign for the Future
TC Launches $300 Million Fundraising Campaign for the Future

Speaking to an audience of some 600 alumni, faculty, students and friends of TC at the Apollo Theater, TC President Susan Fuhrman put the finishing touches on a yearlong celebration of the College's founding and announced a $300 million fundraising campaign
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If You Like the College, You'll Love the Show
If You Like the College, You'll Love the Show

Behind the scenes of "TC: The musical"
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An Education Scriptwriter Who's Canned the Spinach
An Education Scriptwriter Who's Canned the Spinach

Scott Cameron (M.A.'96) believes in a sweet spot where education meets entertainment. It's a view he developed at Teachers College
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Determining R.O.I. for Education

Henry Levin, William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education

Henry Levin, William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education

TC’s Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education (CBCSE), backed by a $500,000 grant from the federal Institute of Education Studies (IES), is making its methods widely available to other researchers.

The goal of the IES-funded project is to demonstrate how to conduct cost-effectiveness analysis in education and to promote its use among policymakers to improve the productivity of resource allocation decisions.

CBCSE was founded by Henry Levin, TC’s William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education, and his colleague, Clive Belfield, Professor of Economics at Queens College. During the early 1970s, at the request of a Congressional committee headed by then Senator Walter Mondale, Levin conducted the first major analysis of the financial impact on the nation of the failure to graduate from high school.

In 2005, armed with more sophisticated tools and methodologies, Levin repeated that exercise, and – together with colleagues at Columbia, Princeton, Rutgers and other institutions – calculated the costs to society, in terms of lost tax revenue and the added burden on the health care, welfare and prison systems, associated with failure to graduate.

Since founding CBCSE, Levin and Belfield have repeatedly demonstrated that significant return on investment could be achieved if proven strategies to boost graduation rates were implemented on a broad scale.

The IES-funded project includes a 2012 report showing that among five programs with a positive impact on high school completion rates, those targeting youths who had already dropped out were significantly more expensive. CBCSE also is developing a set of resources that constitute a Cost Tool Kit to facilitate the collection of cost data for educational programs.