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Glick to lead PSU Population Research Institute

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Former PSTC Postdoc Jennifer Glick has been named director of the Population Research Institute at Penn State University. Glick was previously the director of the Center for Population Dynamics at Arizona State University. Her research as a sociologist focuses on migration and family processes. Read more here.
(Distributed August 28, 2017)

U.S. adopting fewer international children

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A dramatic decline in international adoptions in the U.S. has occurred in the past decade. Associate Professor of Anthropology Jessaca Leinaweaver writes in "The international adoption rate has plummeted in the US" that abuse cases and failure of adoptive parents to provide post-adoption reports to countries of origin have contributed to other countries' decline in willingness to send children to the U.S.
(Distributed August 17, 2017)

Teacher evaluations remain ineffective

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Teacher evaluation reforms seem to have done little to accurately rate teacher performance and effectiveness, leading to an imbalance in teacher quality distribution. A new study co-authored by Assistant Professor of Education and Economics Matthew Kraft reveals that "evaluators perceive more than 3 times as many teachers in their schools to be below proficient than they rate as such." The study is reported on in "Why principals lie to ineffective teachers," "Principals Are Loath to Give Teachers Bad Ratings," and "What's The Disconnect Between Teacher Evaluations, School Performance?"
(Distributed August 14, 2017)

Mobility report cards for U.S. colleges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Attending college in a large, vibrant city can boost wages after graduation, says an article in Money, which quotes Associate Professor of Economics John Friedman, a principal investigator for the The Equality of Opportunity Project. The Project seeks to determine which American colleges can help the most children climb the income ladder. A recent study co-authored by Friedman characterizes "intergenerational income mobility" at U.S. colleges.
(Distributed August 9, 2017)
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