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Mapping America’s Futures – What Will America Look Like in 2030

The Urban Institute: “What will America look like in 2030? We can already see that the population is aging and becoming more diverse, but how will those trends play out at the local and regional levels? And what if, in the future, we live longer or have more babies? How would those trends affect the population in different cities and states? These demographic shifts matter a great deal to states and local communities. Las Vegas is scrambling to build enough schools to accommodate the city’s recent population boom. Meanwhile, Detroit is figuring out how to downsize wisely to match a shrinking population that may shrink even more. To help visualize the future, the Urban Institute developed a tool as part of the “Mapping America’s Futures” series that projects local-level population trends out to 2030 (the button on the right will take you there). Pick low, average, or high rates for birth, death, and migration—the three drivers of population change—and the map changes in response. The rates are all reasonable assumptions, based on historical trends. In other words, it won’t show a future where no children are born and no one dies, but we could imagine a future where people move around more or birthrates fall by 20 percent. With the tool, people can explore several possible “what-if” scenarios—possible futures—and see how they’ll play out across the country. A future with more births and longer lives looks very different from one with fewer births and high mortality. And migration—one of the most difficult forces to predict—can change areas rapidly, not just in sheer numbers, but also in terms of an area’s racial and ethnic makeup, its workers and tax base, its demand for housing and for government services, and, arguably, its character.”

Campus Law Enforcement, 2011-12

“During the 2011–12 school year, campus law enforcement agencies at U.S. 4-year colleges and universities with 2,500 or more students employed 31,904 persons, of which nearly half (14,576) were sworn officers, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. About two-thirds (68 percent) of the colleges and universities used sworn police officers with full arrestContinue Reading

Monographs and open access

“The Monographs and Open Access Project was set up to consider the place of monographs in the arts, humanities and social science disciplines, and how they fit into the developing world of open access to research. The project was led by Geoffrey Crossick, Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University ofContinue Reading

The Public Library: A Photographic Love Letter to Humanity’s Greatest Sanctuary of Knowledge, Freedom, and Democracy

“A library is many things,” E.B. White once wrote in a letter to the children of a little town to inspire them to fall in love with their new library. “But particularly it is a place where books live, and where you can get in touch with other people, and other thoughts, through books… BooksContinue Reading

Education Rights and Wrongs

Heise, Michael, Education Rights and Wrongs: Publicly Funded Vouchers, State Constitutions, and Education Death Spirals (November 1, 2014). Available for download at SSRN: “Professor Julie Mead considers whether publicly funded voucher programs “subvert” states’ ability to provide an “adequate” public education consistent with state constitutional requirements. The critical analytic move in Mead’s paper involvesContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – African Growth and Opportunity Act, Higher Education, Job Corps

African Growth and Opportunity Act: USAID Could Enhance Utilization by Working with More Countries to Develop Export Strategies, GAO-15-218: Published: Jan 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 2015. Higher Education: Education Should Strengthen Oversight of Schools and Accreditors [Reissued on January 22, 2015], GAO-15-59: Published: Dec 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2014. Job Corps:Continue Reading

NAP’s Guide to Science Issues and the State of the Union

“The 2015 State of the Union address focused on topics such as 21st century skills, climate change, and cybersecurity. The National Academies Press provides resources directly related to these national issues. A selection has been highlighted below. We’ve posted the full transcript of the President’s speech, annotated with lists of our related materials. Read our completeContinue Reading

The Cobweb – Can the Internet be archived?

The New Yorker – Annals of Technology. January 26, 2015 Issue. The Cobweb Can the Internet be archived? By Jill Lepore “…The Web dwells in a never-ending present. It is—elementally—ethereal, ephemeral, unstable, and unreliable. Sometimes when you try to visit a Web page what you see is an error message: “Page Not Found.” This isContinue Reading

Educational Attainment in the United States: 2014

Release Number: CB15-TPS.03 – “This table package provides Current Population Survey statistics on academic achievement by demographic characteristics, such as age, sex and Hispanic origin. It also includes detailed information on years of school completed, showing how many years of education adults have completed for each level of attainment. A variety of historical time seriesContinue Reading

Training Students to Extract Value from Big Data

“As the availability of high-throughput data-collection technologies, such as information-sensing mobile devices, remote sensing, internet log records, and wireless sensor networks has grown, science, engineering, and business have rapidly transitioned from striving to develop information from scant data to a situation in which the challenge is now that the amount of information exceeds a human’sContinue Reading

Low Income Students Now a Majority in Public Schools

Southern Education Foundation: A New Majority – Low Income Students Now a Majority In the Nation’s Public Schools, January, 2015. “Low income students are now a majority of the schoolchildren attending the nation’s public schools, according to this research bulletin. The latest data collected from the states by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), show that 51 percentContinue Reading

OECD Public Data is in Beta

Find, compare and share the latest OECD data:charts, maps, tables and related publications’. Start with one or two short search terms, then refine your results by adding more words. Catalogue of OECD databases or Browse by Topic or Country Agriculture Agricultural land, Agricultural output, Agricultural policy, Fisheries DevelopmentDevelopment resource flows, Official development assistance (ODA) Economy Corporate, Domestic product, Foreign directContinue Reading