Dec. 4, 2008—Paying teachers for their performance was supported by both presidential candidates in the 2008 election and is being tried in school districts across the nation. But the question remains—does it work? A second-year evaluation of Texas' statewide performance pay program, the largest in the nation, released Dec. 1 reveals insights into whether these programs are beneficial and attractive to teachers.
Dec. 4, 2008—New research by Vanderbilt Law School Assistant Professor Paige Marta Skiba found that payday loan applicants who received the quick cash after their first application were significantly more likely to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy than those whose initial application was denied.
TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt expert available to discuss new national report that finds states failing to provide affordable college opportunities
Dec. 3, 2008—Vanderbilt higher education policy expert William Doyle is available to comment on a new report released Dec. 3 by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that finds states are making little or no progress in providing affordable college opportunities or improving college completion rates for their residents.
Nov. 21, 2008—New Vanderbilt research finds that states can save a substantial amount of money if they use a shared system of both privately and publicly managed prisons. The savings don't come from the use of private prisons alone, but
Nov. 18, 2008—The intricacies of being a black male in America are explored in the new issue of AmeriQuests, the interdisciplinary e-journal based at Vanderbilt University.
Nov. 14, 2008—Results from an unprecedented collection of public opinion data in 23 nations on wide-ranging political issues and their policy implications are included in the new AmericasBarometer Insights, a series of short studies now available to the public.
Vanderbilt, Metro Nashville Public Schools, community agencies partner to win $3.4 million in federal pre-k funds
Nov. 12, 2008—Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of education and human development, in partnership with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and other community agencies, has won a three-year, $3.4 million federal grant to enhance language and literacy skills in pre-kindergarten classrooms.
Nov. 7, 2008—Vanderbilt experts are available to comment on education, immigration and health care policy.
Nov. 7, 2008—Political pundits have time to reflect in the days ahead on the reasons behind Barack Obama's historic election as the first African American president, but the president-elect must focus immediately on his transition and the challenges ahead, according to several Vanderbilt professors.
Oct. 31, 2008—A smooth presidential transition with an emphasis on advance preparation and avoidance of past pitfalls is crucial to a strong start for the next administration, says political scientist David E. Lewis. Vanderbilt experts are available to discuss the many aspects of this year\'s presidential election.
Employers beware: aggressive job negotiations can have long-term impact on employer-employee relationships
Oct. 23, 2008—Research conducted by professors Ray Friedman and Neta Moye finds that the perceived mistreatment of potential employees during the recruitment process has a significant and lasting impact on workers' long-term relationships with employers.
Oct. 20, 2008—New Vanderbilt research identifies seven simple actions individuals can start today that have the potential to dramatically reduce energy use and carbon emissions.