Recent Publications


New Resource for Researchers

Contemplating use of National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) data? This working paper by Susan Dynarksi, Steven Hemelt and Joshua Hyman explores the promises and pitfalls of using NSC data to measure a variety of postsecondary outcomes, and provides tips and examples for researchers.

New IES Grant - College Credit for High School Courses

The U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences has awarded a $2 million grant that will allow Ford School faculty and colleagues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Tennessee Department of Education to launch a five-year study on the impact of a new Tennessee policy that allows students to earn college credits for advanced math courses taken in high school. See our joint press release and read more about the random control trial.

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Latest news


Student Loan Simplification
July 1, 2014

The Education Policy Initiative’s Susan Dynarski and Mark Wiederspan (School of Education PhD candidate) have penned a response in the NYT Upshot July 1 article “A Closer Look at Simplifying Financial Aid Applications” to many questions sparked by Dynarski and Judith Scott-Clayton’s (Columbia University’s Teachers College) policy article “There Is a Simpler Way for Students to Apply for Financial Aid” published in the Upshot on June 20, 2014.

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NY Times publishes "answer on a postcard"
June 19, 2014

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo) have proposed a bipartisan bill to dramatically simplify the college financial aid form. They announced their proposal in the op-ed column, "An Answer on a Postcard," published by The New York Times on June 18, which heavily cites Susan Dynarski's research and policy recommendations.

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