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The Truest Meaning of College for All

The Truest Meaning of College for All

By Jessica Landgraf If you think about a period in your life when you grew the most as an individual, discovered your independence, and started to become who you are today, it is likely to have happened during your young adult years. For many, this time occurs during, and is facilitated by, time away at… Read More »

Looking Forward to Sleeping In

Looking Forward to Sleeping In

By Jessica Landgraf NPR recently posted a story on the benefits to undergrads of reducing the number of 8 a.m. classes they have to take. Mariah Evans, a at the University of Nevada, Reno, noticed a consistent trend of students falling asleep in her 8 a.m. classes. This trend motivated Evans and her colleagues to… Read More »

Can Qualitative Data Be Quantified?

Can Qualitative Data Be Quantified?

By Rachel Marias Education researchers are responsible for decisions and policies that shape how education functions. Researchers often collect quantitative data (in the form of test scores, graduation rates, GPAs, course enrollments, etc.) to see if policies actually work. They then collect qualitative data to examine the mechanisms behind the policies (e.g. the “how” and… Read More »

When Your College Roommate is a Baby

When Your College Roommate is a Baby

By Jessica Landgraf At the end of last week, The Chronicle of Higher Education released a special report titled “College, With Kids.” This report is a collection of four articles focused on the increasing number of college students who have young children and the unique challenges they face. While there are several colleges across the… Read More »

New York Takes the Lead

New York Takes the Lead

By Jessica Landgraf At the end of last week the New York state legislature passed a state budget, which will include tuition-free college at the state’s public colleges and universities. The plan is to phase in the program by first waiving tuition for students from families with incomes up to $100,000 during the initial year,… Read More »

Back to a Bootstraps Mentality?

Back to a Bootstraps Mentality?

By Jessica Landgraf Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “It’s all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.” This quote has renewed meaning today as we continue to get… Read More »

The Plight of Adjunct Faculty

The Plight of Adjunct Faculty

By Jessica Landgraf While reading about the state of the adjunct teaching force on college campuses recently, I began to see some parallels between college adjuncts and early childhood teachers. Just a few weeks ago I discussed the deplorable amount of money that early childhood teachers bring home, leading to a large portion of them… Read More »

Funding Early Childhood Education: Part 2 – State Options

Funding Early Childhood Education: Part 2 – State Options

By Jessica Landgraf Last week, the first part in this two-part series on funding early childhood education (ECE) explored potential federal funding options. This week, the second part of the series uses examples of state funded ECE initiatives in addition to discussing more generally several state funding options. Before outlining general funding options states could… Read More »

Let This Be the Beginning of a Trend

By Jessica Landgraf There is reason to be excited in the world of early childhood education. This blog has previously explored topics highlighting the importance and strong support for investing in early childhood education. Soon, the New Mexico Legislature will be voting on a constitutional amendment that would create a new funding source to support… Read More »

Thawing the Freeze

Thawing the Freeze

By Jessica Landgraf In the last week there have been several reports of military-base childcare and preschool centers closing due to President Trump’s executive order instituting a federal civilian hiring freeze. Pushback in response to the placement of blame on the order has cited the exemption of “positions providing child care to the children of… Read More »