Dean Chard Calls on Congress to Fund Education Research

As Congress convenes, Simmons Dean David Chard IMG_1581urges legislators to fully fund the Education Sciences Reform Act, which provides for research that evaluates the programs, practices and outcomes in  schools. His opinion piece is featured in Roll Call and to read it, click here.

Dean Chard chairs the National Board of Education Sciences, which advises and approves research priorities for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education.

AAPSS Releases Series of Papers Co-Edited by Simmons’ McLendon

Associate Dean Michael McLendon discusses recent findings on state policy initiatives impacting students’ college careers at a higher education seminar hosted by the Education Writers Association at SMU Simmons.

Simmons Associate Dean Michael McLendon co-edited a series of 11 papers this month in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science that find state policies meant to increase college access and degree attainment aren’t working.

The series looks at state policy initiatives such as financing for student scholarships, fiscal responses to the Great Recession, the implementation of “performance funding” to allocate funds to state colleges, the use of “P–20 councils” to align high school curriculum with college readiness, and the disparate effects of gubernatorial and legislative leadership. Read more.