Tuesday, September 26, 2017

APPAM honors Susan Dynarski for transformative work in affordable education


The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) has selected Susan Dynarski as the 2017 recipient of The Spencer Foundation Award.

The Spencer Foundation Award recognizes Dynarski’s contributions through research and analysis in the field of education policy and management. Her research focuses on the effectiveness of charter schools, the optimal design of financial aid, the price elasticity of private school attendance, the relationship between postsecondary schooling and labor market outcomes, and the effect of high school reforms on academic achievement and educational attainment. The award is given every other year.

Dynarski has a clear goal in her work: policy amendments designed to make higher education more accessible for low-income and first-generation college students. She has advocated making higher education more accessible by lowering or removing barriers at multiple stages of the process from application to enrollment. Dynarski has consulted broadly on student aid reform across federal government agencies, and has testified about education and tax policy before the US Senate Finance Committee, the US House Ways and Means Committee and the President's Commission on Tax Reform. She is also a regular contributor to The Upshot from The New York Times.

Dynarski will accept the Spencer Foundation Award at the 2017 APPAM Fall Research Conference in Chicago. She will speak at a session on Friday, November 3, at 3:15 pm entitled, Education and Economic Mobility: What Have We Learned? She will accept the Spencer Foundation Award after the session at the APPAM Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony and a Spencer Foundation Reception will follow the ceremony.

Past winners of the award include Sean Reardon, Stanford University, Adam Gamoran, William T. Grant Foundation and Charles Clotfelter, Duke University.

Susan Dynarski is Professor, School of Education; Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Professor, Department of Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

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