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The Learning Analyst
The Learning Analyst

Ryan Baker believes that mining data from MOOCs and other online environments can answer the question: What makes students tune in?
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TC Wins Federal Innovation Grant to Prepare STEM Teachers
TC Wins Federal Innovation Grant to Prepare STEM Teachers

TC's NCREST Wins $12 million Federal Innovation Grant for Professional Development of Early College and STEM Teachers
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A New Way to Teach Science
A New Way to Teach Science

In an essay published in the January 2013 issue of Science, Ann Rivet, TC Associate Professor of Education, called on scientists to get behind proposed new K-'"12 science education standards and advocate for their adoption by states.
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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.