Improving Undergraduate STEM Education at Research Universities: A Collection of Case Studies

The Association of American Universities and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement published this report bringing together several case studies documenting current and past attempts by research universities to comprehensively transform the way in which they teach undergraduate STEM courses. The authors hope for it to be a valuable resource for the higher education sector as it seeks new approaches to STEM education on a large scale.

Expenditures on Children by Families

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion uses a variety of official data sources to accurately estimate the cost of raising a child born in 2015. The researchers found that it will cost about $233,610 to raise a child through the age of 17. The report breaks down what this money goes towards while putting the figures in context and highlighting the current trends for each category of expense.

“Like Walking Through a Hailstorm” – Discrimination against LGBT Youth in US Schools

This new report from Human Rights Watch uses data and information gained from interviews with over 500 students, teachers, administrators, parents, service providers and advocates in five different states to convey the reality that LGBTQ youth face in the education environment. The report then provides a number of policy and practice recommendations that could be implemented to help stop or mitigate the bullying, discrimination, harassment and social exclusion that these students face.

Building a Data-Driven Education System in the United States

The Center for Data Innovation produced this report highlighting the ways in which the education system in the U.S. lacks the effective use of data infrastructure to improve student learning and teaching efficiency. It discusses how technology and digital tools are used in classroom settings, but the use of data analytics and metrics in policy and decision-making on an administrative level is all-but nonexistent with administrations making decisions based on assumptions and intuition rather than relevant information. The report makes the case for the transformation of the education sector into a data-driven, evidence-based, efficient, personalized and innovative system.