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October 16, 2017

AERA Statement on the New Expansion of IPEDS and the Need for Lifting Restrictions on Federal Data Collection

From the inbox this past Thursday…


Contact:
Tony Pals, tpals@aera.net
(202) 238-3235(202) 288-9333 (cell)Jonathan Fera, jfera@aera.net
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Statement by AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine on the New Expansion of IPEDS and the Need for Lifting Restrictions on Federal Data Collection
October 12, 2017

In the following statement, Felice J. Levine, Executive Director of the American Educational Research Association, praises the National Center for Education Statistics for providing important new college completion data through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and calls on Congress to lift restrictions preventing necessary additional data collection and research. 

Three cheers for the expansion of data collected through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). We see the benefits of fuller college completion data in the release today by the National Center for Education Statistics. It is a significant step forward in better understanding student and institutional outcomes. We now have available information that far better reflects the contemporary landscape of higher education, where a majority of students are no longer full-time, first-time students who enter college directly from high school; where many students transfer institutions once or more; and where a growing number of students are earning non-degree credentials. This data will not only open up new avenues for high-quality research and enhance sound, evidence-based policymaking, but also help students and families make better informed college choices.

However, large gaps in what we know about student and college outcomes still exist—and will continue to exist—until Congress lifts restrictions that prevent national collection of student-level data in a rigorously privacy-protected system. It is only through such a system that students and families, policymakers, and the general public will have access to high-quality information about postsecondary outcomes. This information is needed to help inform many important decisions, from life-changing individual choices to public policies that affect a $500 billion sector of the economy.

The bipartisan Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking last month called on federal policymakers to “consider repealing current bans and limiting future bans on the collection and use of data for evidence building.” In its report to Congress, the commission noted:

[W]ith modern privacy-enhancing technologies, a well-developed legal framework, and a strong commitment to transparency, the Commission believes it is possible to use data to evaluate the effectiveness of policies and ensure accountability to stakeholders, while also protecting privacy. The Commission also believes it is incumbent on the Congress and the President to regularly and thoroughly consider the value of policies that preclude evidence building against the prospective public value of the evidence that could be produced.

Large individual and public investments in higher education are at stake, and the current patchwork of postsecondary education data systems in the United States can provide only incomplete information on outcomes. It is vital that Congress lift the ban on a national system that can better serve the public interest and inform policymaking, while remaining aligned with privacy protection.

About AERA
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. Find AERA on Facebook and Twitter.

This release is available online.

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October 9, 2017

AERA 2018 Annual Meeting Registration and Housing are Now Open!

Note that the registration for this conference is now open.

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Online Registration and Housing Now Open

Register now and join more than 16,000 AERA members and scholars from aligned fields and disciplines in New York City and select from over 2,500 sessions featuring high quality and timely education research. This year’s theme is “The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education.” The 2018 program theme calls us to confront the struggles for public education, considering the times in which we are living, the historical arcs that shape our present(s), and the roles we can play in the fight for justice.
Registration Rates Lower for AERA Members
AERA Members Receive a Sizable Discount on Meeting Registration

AERA members receive a sizable discount on meeting registration. To get the special member registration rate, please make sure you have renewed your AERA membership for 2018. You will be able to renew your membership and reserve your hotel while registering for the meeting. Adjustments and/or refunds for registration fees will not be given to individuals who register at the non-member rate and later join AERA.

Register now for early bird rates and preferred hotel reservations.

How to Register:

  1. Login.
  2. Click ‘My AERA’ at the top of the page.
  3. On the ‘My AERA’ page, scroll down to the 2018 Annual Meeting.
  4. Click ‘Register and Reserve a Hotel Room Now.’
  5. Once you complete your registration, you can make your online hotel reservation by clicking the ‘Hotel Reservation’ button in the upper left side of the registration confirmation summary screen.
Please note: we will be updating the registration page to include ticketed events such as Professional Development Courses, Tours, and Division events, in the next several weeks.

See you in New York City!
Questions? Please contact the AERA Meetings Team at 202-238-3200 orannualmtg@aera.net.
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2018 Annual Meeting
“The Dreams, Possibilities and Necessity of Public Education”
Friday, April 13 – Tuesday, April 17, 2018
New York, NY


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October 8, 2017

AERA Statement And Resources On National Bullying Awareness Month

From Wednesday’s inbox…


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Tony Pals, tpals@aera.net
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AERA Statement and Resources on
National Bullying Awareness Month
October 4, 2017
The following statement is from Felice J. Levine, executive director of the American Educational Research Association:

“Every student deserves to feel safe and secure in the classroom. That is why the American Educational Research Association is joining schools and other organizations across the country to highlight National Bullying Awareness Month during October, and help educate the public on bullying prevention efforts, and encourage individuals to get involved.

“Bullying presents one of the greatest health risks to children, youth, and young adults in U.S. society today. School safety, including the prevention of bullying, is a top national priority and a key area of academic research.

“AERA has a longstanding commitment to raising awareness of research around this issue. Since 2010, AERA has produced information and resources necessary in combatting bullying throughout the nation. The AERA report Prevention of Bullying in Schools, Colleges, and Universities: Research Report and Recommendationspresents practical short-term and long-term recommendations to address bullying of children and youth. Released in April 2013, the report stems from the work of a blue-ribbon AERA task force.

“Through advocating for our students and conducting further education research, AERA remains steadfast in advancing solutions and examining ways to prevent bullying, promote safety, and encourage inclusion throughout the country.”

Selected resources provided by AERA on bullying prevention and school safety:

These AERA bullying prevention and school safety resources are also listed online.

About AERA
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. Find AERA on Facebook and Twitter.

This statement is available online.

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October 4, 2017

AERA Statement on Mass Shooting in Las Vegas

From Monday’s inbox.


Contact:
Tony Pals, tpals@aera.net
(202) 238-3235(202) 288-9333 (cell)

Jonathan Fera, jfera@aera.net
(202) 238-3233(414) 610-5661 (cell)

AERA Statement on Mass Shooting in Las Vegas
Executive Director Felice J. Levine Extends Condolences, Urges Lifting Restrictions on Gun Violence Research

October 2, 2017
The massacre in Las Vegas last night, coming a week after the senseless shooting in a Tennessee church, is the latest national tragedy by gun violence. Each event is horrific beyond belief. We extend our condolences to the victims and their families and friends.

In this period of human devastation and public pain, it is incumbent upon us to confront our collective responsibilities as researchers, educators, and policy makers to engage in a dialogue about the pervasive and lethal effects of guns in the hands of those seeking to render violence. We owe immediate action to those who have been harmed or have lost their lives and to those who care about them. We owe this also to persons throughout our nation who seek to pursue their lives freely and safely—in schools, on campuses, and in public spaces across our cities and communities.

Once again, AERA calls on Congress to lift restrictions that prevent the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from conducting gun violence research. These restrictions obstruct the development and implementation of evidence-based policies and programs that foster gun safety.

AERA also continues to urge the education research community to redouble its commitment to developing and promoting research-based programs and policies to reduce the risk of violence in public areas. AERA has been, and will continue to be, vocal on this issue, as in past statements on the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School; in Charleston, S.C.; at Umpqua Community College; and in Orlando.

AERA stands with all affected by these tragic events.

About AERA
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. Find AERA on Facebook and Twitter.

This statement is available online.

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www.aera.net

October 3, 2017

AERA Highlights – September 2017

A newsletter from Friday’s or Saturday’s inbox.

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September 2017

AERA News
Education Research Policy and Funding News
New AERA Calls
Continuing AERA Calls

Beyond AERA
AERA in the News
Video of the Month


AERA News

Alfredo Artiles to Give Brown Lecture
At AERA’s 2017 Brown Lecture in Education Research on October 19, Alfredo Artiles, the Ryan C. Harris Professor of Special Education and Dean of Graduate Education at Arizona State University, will examine long-standing challenges and risks associated with conducting and using research on complex equity problems.
Online Registration and Housing for 2018 Annual Meeting to Open October 9
AERA is pleased to announce that registration and housing for the 2018 AERA Annual Meeting will open October 9.
AERA Issues Statements on Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria
The destruction caused by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria has created immense pain and hardship. AERA expresses concern to our colleagues, students, and all people throughout Florida, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the entire Caribbean who are experiencing significant harm and loss. Read the Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria statements.
AERA Consortium of Universities and Research Institutions Convenes for 2017 Fall Policy Meeting
The AERA Consortium of Universities and Research Institutions met on September 17–18 for its annual two-day fall policy meeting in Washington, D.C.
AERA Celebrates #ThankAScientist Week
During the week of September 18, AERA joined eight other national scientific organizations across a diversity of disciplines to recognize and celebrate the contributions of researchers during #ThankAScientist week.


Education Research Policy and Funding News

Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking Releases Final Report
The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking this month released its final report detailing legislative priorities and regulatory recommendations for evidence building and data management in the federal government.
House Fails to Introduce Amendment to Slash IES Funding, Budget Deal Reached for Start of FY 2018
A proposed amendment to the House omnibus appropriations bill for FY 2018 that would have slashed funding at the Institute of Education Sciences by $195 million was ultimately not introduced on the House floor during debate on September 13.
AAAS and AAU Hold Webinar on Scientific Storytelling
The lasting impact of storytelling was discussed with science researchers throughout the country during a September 6 webinar, “Golden Goose: Celebrating Science through Storytelling.”

New AERA Calls


Continuing AERA Calls


Beyond AERA


AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

More AERA in the News

Video of the Month: 
Thirteenth Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research (2016) with Dr. Marta Tienda



AERA Highlights is published by the American Educational Research Association monthly to inform members and others interested in education research about the latest news and developments in AERA and in the field.
Editor: Felice J. Levine
Managing Editors: Tony Pals and John Neikirk
Contributors: Juliane Baron, Jonathan Fera, David Presgraves, Christy Talbot, and Martha Yager

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