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2017
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August

AERA Statement and Resources in Response to the Justice Department’s Plans to Investigate Affirmative Action Admissions Policies in Higher Education
In light of reports that the U.S. Justice Department plans to investigate the use of affirmative action admissions policies at colleges and universities, it is important to reaffirm what the overwhelming body of scientific evidence has found about the value of student diversity and race-conscious admissions policies in higher education. Read more

July

State-Adopted Credit Hour Policies Associated with Increases in Student Debt but Not Graduation Rates
State-adopted policies designed to encourage students to graduate on time are ineffective in improving time-to-degree, while being associated with growing median student loan debt for low- and middle-income students, according to new research published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Read more

June

AERA Names Four Congressional Fellows for 2017-18
AERA has named four scholars as AERA Congressional Fellows for 2017-18. They will spend a year in Washington, D.C., working on the staff of a member of Congress or a congressional committee, and use their research expertise to inform policy. Read more

April

Study Snapshot: Comparing Student Performance on Paper-and-Pencil and Computer-Based-Tests
Based on a study of more than 30,000 elementary, middle, and high school students conducted in winter 2015–16, researchers found that elementary and middle school students scored lower on a computer-based test that did not allow them to return to previous items than on two comparable tests—paper- or computer-based—that allowed them to skip, review, and change previous responses. Read more

Study Snapshot: All Aid Is Not Created Equal: Examining the Effects of Unsubsidized Federal Loans on Student Persistence Over Time
Preliminary results from this study show that for low-income college students, taking out unsubsidized Stafford loans is detrimental to success. Read more

AERA Selects Alfredo Artiles to Deliver 2017 Brown Lecture in Education Research
Alfredo J. Artiles, Dean of Graduate Education and the Ryan C. Harris Professor of Special Education at Arizona State University, has been selected by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) to present the 2017 Brown Lecture in Education Research. Read more

Study Snapshot: The Development of Adolescents’ Math and English Self-Concept Patterns and Their Associations With College Major Selection
This study is one of the first longitudinal analyses of students’ perceptions of their math and English abilities and of how those perceptions relate to choice of college major. Read more

Study Snapshot: Unmasking College Costs: Challenges in the Era of Differential Tuition Practices
In recent years, the implementation of differential tuition (DT) practices by colleges and universities—whether in higher-priced fields of STEM and business, or in the liberal arts—has become a prevalent strategy aimed at increasing revenue. Read more

Study Snapshot: Peer Norms as a Predictor of Academic Achievement: An Ecological Perspective
Using 2002 U.S. Department of Education data on 9,748 high school sophomores across 747 public and private schools, researchers found that peer values related to academic achievement and working while in school significantly predicted students’ academic achievement scores, regardless of other various student- and school-level factors.
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Study Snapshot: Tuition Discounting at Small, Private Baccalaureate Institutions: Reaching a Point of No Return?
Tuition discounting (TD), where institutional grants are used to subsidize a student’s educational expense, has become a common practice at four-year institutions. Read more

AERA to Live-stream 31 Annual Meeting Sessions
AERA has announced that it is live-streaming 31 sessions at its 2017 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, April 27-May. Read more

AERA Announces 2017 Award Winners in Education Research
AERA has announced the winners of its 2017 awards for excellence in education research. Read more

Bus-Taking Linked to Lower Kindergarten Absenteeism
Kindergarten students who take the school bus have fewer absent days over the school year and are less likely to be chronically absent than children who commute to school in any other way, according to new research published online in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Read more

Public Event to Address School Discipline April 12 in Boston
Dr. Russell Skiba, an expert on the overuse of exclusionary discipline and the factors that contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in school discipline, will deliver a public lecture titled "School Discipline: Issues of Equity and Effectiveness," as part of AERA's Centennial Lecture Series. Read more

March

Amy Stuart Wells Voted AERA President-Elect
Amy Stuart Wells, Professor of Sociology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, has been voted president-elect of AERA. Read more

February

Public Event to Address Childhood Poverty and Education Outcomes March 23 in Detroit
Dr. Charles Payne, an expert in urban education and school reform, social inequality, social change, and modern African American history, will deliver a public lecture titled "The Limits of Schooling, The Power of Poverty," as part of AERA's Centennial Lecture Series. Read more

Press Registration Opens for AERA Annual Meeting
The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. It is a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in an array of areas – from early education through higher education, from digital learning to second language literacy. Read more

AERA Announces Most Read Education Research Articles of 2016
Research on school climate; shifts in race, income and gender-based achievement gaps; learning tools and approaches; and more appeared in the 20 most popular journal articles published by AERA in 2016. Read more

AERA Announces 2017 Fellows
AERA has announced the selection of 14 scholars as 2017 AERA Fellows. Read more

AERA Announces Free Online Access to Centennial Volume of Review of Research in Education
The American Educational Research Association has announced that the 2016 volume of its peer-reviewed journal Review of Research in Education (RRE) is now available online at no cost. Celebrating AERA’s Centennial, the volume has an expanded size and includes 22 chapters that cover a vast terrain of education research topics. Read more

Public Lecture and Forum to Address Early Child Care and Education on February 22 in Oklahoma City
Dr. Deborah Lowe Vandell, a renowned researcher on the short-term and long-term effects of early child care and education, will deliver a public lecture titled “The Opportunities and Challenges of Early Child Care and Education,” as part of the American Educational Research Association’s Centennial Lecture Series. The event is free, open to the public, and includes an informal buffet reception. Read more

January

Statement by AERA President Vivian L. Gadsden and Executive Director Felice J. Levine on the White House Executive Order on Visas and Immigration
We are dismayed by the Trump administration’s unprecedented executive order that harshly restricts the travel of immigrant and nonimmigrant visitors to the United States. Read more

AERA Speaks to "Texas Bathroom Bill"
Senate Bill 6—the Texas Privacy Act—was introduced in the Texas legislature on January 5, 2017. The proposed legislation, referred to as the “bathroom bill,” mirrors the ideas in North Carolina’s HB2 which was enacted in March 2016. The proposed Texas bill would require people to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate, hence discriminating against transgender persons. Read more

Leading Researcher Bridget Terry Long to Address College Student Access and Success at Los Angeles Event on Jan. 11
Dr. Bridget Terry Long, a renowned higher education researcher who specializes in the transition from high school to higher education and beyond, will deliver a public lecture titled “Supporting College Student Access and Success: Making Sure Hard Work Pays Off,” as part of the American Educational Research Association’s Centennial Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public. Read More.

 
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