Oct 27, 2016 by ideas42
With the ideas42 Seminar Series, we invite leading scholars to share their insights and what inspires their exploration into human behavior. Our New York office was pleased to host Rich Patterson, Assistant Professor of Economics in the department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Patterson completed his B.A. … Read more.
Sep 30, 2016 by ideas42
With the ideas42 Seminar Series, we invite leading scholars to share their insights and what inspires their exploration into human behavior. Our New York office was pleased to host William Elliott of The University of Kansas this week. William founded of the Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion (AEDI) in KU’s School of Social Welfare. He is a … Read more.
Sep 13, 2016 by ideas42
With the ideas42 Seminar Series, we invite leading scholars to share their insights and what inspires their exploration into human behavior. Our New York office was pleased to host Sandy Baum of the Urban Institute. An expert on higher education finance, she speaks and writes extensively about issues relating to college access, college pricing, student aid … Read more.
Aug 31, 2016 by ideas42
Education has long been touted as a ticket out of poverty, and a well-educated workforce is the foundation of a competitive economy. So it’s easy to think education advocates can solve a lot of problems by convincing high school students to go to college—but the data tells us most high-schoolers are already convinced. In fact, … Read more.
Jun 22, 2016
The American higher education system is facing a completion crisis. While most U.S. high school graduates now enroll in college, many don’t complete their degree. The latest data shows that less than 60% of full time students finish four-year degrees within six years. This figure drops to 30% for two-year degree completion within three years. … Read more.
Dec 2, 2015
Without a doubt, college is hard. In the United States, it presents a myriad of challenges beyond acing your chosen course of study. These obstacles, which are often small and unintended – such as decisions about financing tuition, which courses to take in the first place, or tradeoffs on how to spend time or money … Read more.
Oct 27, 2015 by Ben Castleman
This post, written by ideas42 affiliate Ben Castleman, originally appeared on The Brown Center Chalkboard blog at Brookings.edu It goes without saying that mobile technology and smartphones have transformed our lives. Tasks that, not so many years ago, mainly happened in person or on paper now take place in the palm of our hands. Day … Read more.
Sep 25, 2015
In a long-anticipated move, President Obama announced a new College Scorecard to better inform prospective students’ college choices. According to some estimates, 41 percent of students say they can’t find enough helpful information to make their college decisions. Our own work with low-income students revealed that in the absence of easy, useful information about college options, students often … Read more.
Sep 3, 2015
We probably don’t need to tell you, savvy reader, that behavioral science is fascinating. The insights on human behavior that have come from the last few decades of research are not only profound and compelling, but can also delight. Take loss aversion. First demonstrated by Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, this principle says we dislike … Read more.
Jun 2, 2015
At ideas42 we do a lot of work applying behavioral science to challenges in higher education. Obtaining a university education is an incredibly strong predictor of individual earnings and economic mobility. But, unfortunately, the barriers to completing a degree are growing, with ballooning costs and student debt stifling economic growth and opportunity. This growing crisis … Read more.