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IERC Presentation: Postsecondary Institutional Rankings for Assessing Economic and Social Mobility

Janet K. Holt, Steven Lawton, & Mary Frazier-Meyers

As students and parents navigate the important decision of where to apply and attend college, institutional rankings provide an important source of information to sway their decisions. Yet how often does the student or family consider the factors that underlie such a ranking system or consider alternate ranking systems. These considerations motivate this study of the current college ranking systems and how these ranking systems measure the economic mobility of disadvantaged students. In this presentation, we report of the methodology of 16 institutional ranking systems. Additionally, we describe a ranking system that was created to highlight success for the St. Louis Graduates project that brings to the forefront access and completion for students of color, first-generation students and low-income students.   More

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IERC Publication: Laboratories of Reform? Human Resource Management Strategies in Illinois Charter Schools (2016-1)

Bradford R. White

This study examines human resource management strategies used in Illinois charter schools. The report describes how these schools recruit, develop, and retain teachers, and explores the relationships between HR practices and school outcomes, including teacher retention, school climate, and student achievement.   More

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IERC Presentation: Patterns of Retention and Completion in Illinois: Is Student Debt a Barrier to Completion.

Janet K. Holt and Lorenzo Baber

This research study was presented during the pre-conference forum for the Council for Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE) at the annual Association For the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) held in Denver, CO. The study examined the relationship of institutional factors, including student debt on student retention and completion outcomes.  More

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IERC Presentation: Laboratories of Reform? Human Resource Management Strategies in Illinois Charter Schools

Bradford R. White

Many recent education policy initiatives have zeroed in on human resource (HR) management reforms. Because charter schools are granted additional flexibility in many areas of HR management, and because evidence suggests that many charter schools are exercising this flexibility, the charter school sector presents a promising venue to test this theory of action.  More

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IERC Presentation: The student has become the teacher: Tracking racial diversity and academics in Illinois’ new teacher pipeline

Bradford R. White

Examines how each stage in the pipeline from high school through college and initial teacher certification and employment affects the racial/ethnic and academic composition of those who enter the public school teacher corps in Illinois.  More

IERC Presentation: The Geography of the New Teacher Pipeline in Illinois

Eric J. Lichtenberger, Bradford R. White, Karen J. DeAngelis

Illinois Workforce Data Quality Initiative Working Group, Springfield, IL, May 20, 2015.  More

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IERC Presentation: Thinking Longitudinally while Focusing on Education Policy

Eric J. Lichtenberger

Illinois Board of Higher Education Faculty Advisory Council, Edwardsville, IL, May 15, 2015.  More

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IERC Publication: The Geography of the New Teacher Pipeline (2015-1)

Eric J. Lichtenberger, Bradford R. White, and Karen J. DeAngelis

This study examines the geography of the teacher labor markets by tracking the distances between the teacher’s home area and college with the location of their first teaching position. This research is informative for teacher recruitment efforts, as well as for initiatives in Illinois to diversify the teacher pipeline.   More

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IERC Presentation: Update on the Early Childhood Innovation Implementation Evaluation

Eric J. Lichtenberger and Dan Q. Duffy

St. Xavier University, December 12th, 2014.  More

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Other Publication: Using propensity score matching and a post-treatment adjustment to test the community college penalty assumption (2015)

Lichtenberger, E. J., & Dietrich, C.

The quasi-experimental study compares the rates of bachelor’s degree completion of community college transfer students to that of an observationally equivalent group of rising four-year college juniors.  More