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Daily Archives: November 4, 2013

Adult Prospective Students Lacking the Information to Make Best College Choices

“Adults who are deciding whether to return to college or to enroll for the first time have numerous sources of information and other support available to inform their decisions. But they’re not using those resources and may not even know about them, according to a new report – Is College Worth It for Me? How Adults Without Degrees Think about Going (Back) to School, from Public Agenda. Education leaders and policymakers must do a better job connecting students with informational resources and demonstrating their value, the research suggests. These adults, who have often spent years in the workforce before returning for post-high school credentials, account for about a third of first-time college students in the United States, federal data show. But they may be making school or program-of-study selections while lacking information they don’t know is available, can’t find or don’t think is important. Without better knowledge about their future educations and schools, adult prospective students may not be selecting institutions or programs of study that best fits their academic, financial, professional and social needs.  According to the study, conducted with support from The Kresge Foundation, many prospective adult students seem to be unaware of or misinformed about key factors that could impact their success as they pursue associate or bachelor degrees or postsecondary certifications.”

Intelligence Briefings of Presidential Candidates, 1952-2004

“Getting To Know the President by John Helgerson describes the important process of information sharing between the Intelligence Community and the chief executive. First published in 1996 and now revised and updated to include accounts of intelligence support to candidates and presidents-elect in the three elections between then and 2004, Helgerson’s study provides unique insights… Continue Reading

Why Lung Cancer Strikes Nonsmokers

Stacy Simon, American Cancer Society – “Most people know that smoking causes cancer, but may not realize how many nonsmokers get lung cancer, too. Every year, about 16,000 to 24,000 Americans die of lung cancer, even though they have never smoked. In fact, if lung cancer in nonsmokers had its own separate category, it would… Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – DHS, Native American Veterans, Small Business Innovation Research

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY – Opportunities Exist to Enhance Visibility over Collaborative Field Mechanisms, GAO-13-734, Sep 27, 2013 NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS – DOL Needs a Clear Plan to Improve Employment and Training Services on Tribal Lands, GAO-13-664, Sep 26, 2013 SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH – Data Rights Protections, GAO-14-116R, Nov 4, 2013 Continue Reading

CDC – Hypertension Among Adults in the United States

Hypertension Among Adults in the United States: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2011–2012 – National Center for Health Statistics, October 2013 ‘The age-adjusted prevalence of hypertension among U.S. adults aged 18 and over was 29.1% in 2011–2012, similar to the prevalence in 2009–2010. The prevalence of hypertension was similar for men and women at… Continue Reading

The Legislative Attack on American Wages and Labor Standards, 2011–2012

Economic Policy Institute: The Legislative Attack on American Wages and Labor Standards, 2011–2012 – By Gordon Lafer | October 31, 2013 “Over the past two years, state legislators across the country have launched an unprecedented series of initiatives aimed at lowering labor standards, weakening unions, and eroding workplace protections for both union and non-union workers. This… Continue Reading

The October 2013 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices

“The October 2013 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices addressed changes in the standards and terms on, and demand for, bank loans to businesses and households over the past three months. Domestic banks, on balance, reported having eased their lending standards and having experienced little change in loan demand, on average, over… Continue Reading

How do individual sectors respond to macroeconomic shocks? A structural dynamic factor approach applied to Swiss data

How do individual sectors respond to macroeconomic shocks? A structural dynamic factor approach applied to Swiss data – Gregor Baurle and Elizabeth Steiner, September 5, 2013 “Surprisingly little empirical work is available on how individual production sectors respond to macroeconomic shocks. The model developed in this paper quantifies the impact of monetary policy, exchange rates… Continue Reading

The Effects of Policy Guidance on Perceptions of the Fed’s Reaction Function

Katherine Femia, Steven Friedman, and Brian Sack. Federal Reserve Bank of New York, November 1, 2013. “In the past few years, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) has been using forward guidance about the federal funds rate in a more explicit way than ever before. This paper explores the market reaction to the forward guidance, with particular focus… Continue Reading

Is an Aging Workforce Less Productive? No!

Brookings – Gary Burtless: “As the population grows older an increasing percentage of the workforce will be past age 60. Older workers are ordinarily thought to be less productive than younger ones, raising the question of whether an aging workforce will also be a less productive one. In new research funded by the Social Security… Continue Reading