Selected 2015 Annual Meeting Papers
Using Pot to Build Schools: An Analysis of Colorado's Legalization of Recreational Marijuana
Supporters of Colorado's Amendment 64, which makes the sale of  recreational marijuana legal, pledged the first $40 million raised annually toward Colorado primary school capital construction—language that was specifically included in the bill. Study authors find that expectations for recreational marijuana as a funding mechanism for schools have not been met, with the excise tax raising far less than the $40 million pledged in the legislation.

The Effect of Preschool on Adolescent Physical Health
Study authors examined the extent to which participation in preschool at age 4 is associated with healthy neurocendrocrine, metabolic, and cardiovascular functioning at age 15 and found that preschool participation is related to lower levels of waking cortisol. Lower waking cortisol may reflect lower overall levels of stress hormone exposure throughout the day.
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Principal Licensure Exams and Future Job Performance: Evidence from the School Leaders Licensure Assessment
Study authors investigated the most commonly used principal licensure exam, the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA), which is designed to measure whether principal job candidates possess the knowledge and/or skills necessary to perform school administration competently in their initial years of school leadership. 
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Teacher and Principal Diversity and the Representation of Students of Color in Gifted Programs: Evidence from National Data
The study authors, using a nationally representative sample of elementary schools, found evidence that a critical mass of teachers of color is necessary for teacher race/ethnicity to be associated with higher minority representation in gifted programs.
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The Influence of "High-Impact" College Experiences on Early Career Outcomes
The authors of this study utilized nationally representative data from the 2012 follow-up to the Education Longitudinal Study to examine the influence of high-impact college experiences on several early career outcomes of graduates, including self-report earnings, continued job-related learning and challenge, job satisfaction, job commitment, and working in a supportive environment. The effects of college major and institutional selectivity were also examined. 
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Online Course-Taking and Student Outcomes in California Community Colleges
The study explored the effects of online course-taking at California’s community colleges, which make up the nation’s largest community college system, comprising 112 institutions educating more than 2.3 million students per year. In 2011-12, online courses made up 10.5 percent of all course sessions in the system.
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Exploring the Effects of Relative Tuition Increases on the Racial/Ethnic Composition of Public Colleges
As tuition becomes a more prominent tool to address financial challenges of colleges and universities, it is critically important to examine the implications of tuition increases on institutions and their students. This study examined the effect of tuition increases on the diversity of full-time students.
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Revisiting the Relationship Between Institutional Rank and Student Engagement
In examining the relationship between student engagement and three college ranking guides—U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and Washington Monthly—study authors found almost no relationship between student engagement and institutional rank. 
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