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Federal Funding for Science and Engineering Declined by $1B

In FY 2013, federal agencies obligated $29 billion to 995 academic institutions for science and engineering (S&E) activities. This represents a 6% decrease in current dollars from the $31 billion obligated to 1,073 academic institutions in FY 2012. This is the third year in a row of declining S&E funding to academic institutions. These statistics are from the Survey of Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions from the National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NSF, NCSES). After adjustment for inflation, federal S&E obligations to academic institutions declined by $1 billion (4%) from FY 2011 to FY 2012 and declined by $2 billion (7%) between FY 2012 and FY 2013. For the remainder of this InfoBrief, unless otherwise noted, amounts for FY 2013 obligations are in current dollars and changes in funding across years are in inflation-adjusted constant dollars.”

Pew – Americans, Politics and Science Issues

“One of the key trends in public opinion over the past few decades has been a growing divide among Republicans and Democrats into ideologically uniform “silos.  A larger share of the American public expresses issue positions that are either consistently liberal or conservative today than did so two decades ago, and there is more alignmentContinue Reading

America’s Knowledge Economy: A State-by-State Review

Council of State Governments – America’s Knowledge Economy: A State-by-State Review: “The United States’ long-term economic growth will be determined by its ability to encourage the research and development that fosters innovation. In this presentation, The Council of State Governments and Elsevier, a world-leading provider of information solutions, discuss their newly released report, America’s KnowledgeContinue Reading

2015 Scholar Metrics released

Google Scholar Blog: “Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Today, we are releasing the 2015 version of Scholar Metrics. This release is based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of mid-June 2015 and coversContinue Reading

Value-added rankings measure economic impact of college

Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program – Beyond College Rankings – A Value Added Approach to Assessing Two and Four Year Schools: “The choice of college is among the most important investment decisions individuals and families make, yet people know little about how institutions of higher learning compare along important dimensions of quality. This is especially trueContinue Reading

Americans’ Internet Access: 2000-2015

Pew – As internet use nears saturation for some groups, a look at patterns of adoption:”A new analysis of 15 years-worth of data highlights several key trends: For some groups, especially young adults, those with high levels of education, and those in more affluent households, internet penetration is at full saturation levels. For other groups,Continue Reading

Mid-year update on student loan complaints 2015

“The CFPB received more than 3,100 private student loan complaints between October 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015, a 34% increase over the prior reporting period. The CFPB also received approximately 1,100 debt collection complaints related to student loans during this period. Many private student lenders advertise options to release a co-signer from a privateContinue Reading

Report – The Global Refugee Crisis: A Conspiracy of Neglect

“Worst refugee crisis since World War II. One million refugees desperately in need of resettlement. Four million Syrian refugees struggling to survive in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. More than 3 million refugees in sub-Saharan Africa, and only a small fraction offered resettlement since 2013. 3,500 people drowned while trying to cross the MediterraneanContinue Reading

FEMA Launches New Data Visualization Tool

[June 11, 2015] “the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched a new data visualization tool that enables users to see when and where disaster declarations have occurred across the country. As hurricane season kicks off, the tool helps provide important information about the history of hurricanes and other disasters in their communities and what residentsContinue Reading

Federal and State Funding of Higher Education

Pew, A changing landscape – “States and the federal government have long provided substantial funding for higher education, but changes in recent years have resulted in their contributions being more equal than at any time in at least the previous two decades. Historically, states have provided a far greater amount of assistance to postsecondary institutions andContinue Reading

Organizational Success – Knowledge transfer through discovery

Dorothy Leonard, Walter Swap, Gavin Barton, June 09, 2015: Excerpted from Critical Knowledge Transfer: Tools for Managing Your Company’s Deep Smarts. “A fully realized knowledge transfer initiative requires substantial resources — financial, time and personnel. Yet the need for expertise to be passed on, and the costs of not doing so, must be recognized. MostContinue Reading

An Evaluation of the Public Schools of the District of Columbia

“An Evaluation of the Public Schools of the District of Columbia is a comprehensive five-year summative evaluation report for Phase Two of an initiative to evaluate the District of Columbia’s public schools. Consistent with the recommendations in the 2011 report A Plan for Evaluating the District of Columbia’s Public Schools, this new report describes changesContinue Reading