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College Access and Success

Financial aid and student debt, support for first-generation students, inequities in college access, measurement of returns to higher education, and research-to-practice pipelines. These were a few of the topics covered in a wide-ranging discussion by some of America’s top higher education researchers, leaders, and thinkers at a symposium honoring Northwestern President Morton Schapiro, whose presidency concludes on August 31.
As one of the nation’s leading experts on the economics of higher education, Schapiro, who is also an IPR fellow, has addressed many of these issues in his work on college financing and affordability and on trends in educational costs and student aid. Many of the symposium panelists also spoke about his scholarly influence on their own research and the field.


IPR Faculty Receive Prestigious Honors

Three IPR scholars earned notable recognition for their policy-focused research. Economist Kirabo Jackson was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and psychologist Alice Eagly was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Psychologist Sylvia Perry was selected as a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University for 2022–23.

Research News

As Gun Deaths Surge, Scientists Fill Knowledge Gaps in the Field of Violence Intervention

A landmark study by IPR sociologist Andrew Papachristos and his colleagues at Northwestern and the University at Albany, SUNY investigates the lives and conditions of community violence intervention, or street outreach, workers who play a pivotal role in violence prevention. The survey, which collected responses from 93% of workers in Chicago, reveals they experience shockingly high levels of violence exposure on the job—as high as, and possibly even higher than, other traditional first responders, such as police and emergency medical technicians.

Faculty Research in Brief

New research from IPR faculty investigates how supply disruptions led to a drop in community college enrollment during the pandemic, if and why fathers spend less than mothers on their daughters’ health and education, and what factors encourage Syrian refugees to return home voluntarily.

Workshop Examines Political Microtargeting, Democratic Erosion, and Other Key Questions Ahead of 2022 Midterms

On May 6, nearly 80 faculty members and graduate students from the Midwest and beyond attended the 16th annual Chicago Area Social and Political Behavior (CAB) Conference with prominent social scientists examining topics pertinent to the 2022 U.S. midterm elections. It was the first in-person workshop held in the series since 2019.

Legislation currently before Congress, the Levering Integrated Networks in Communities (LINC) to Address Social Needs Act, is meant to better connect social service and health organizations via public-private partnerships. Its purpose is to improve people’s access to needed services such as food, housing, job training, and child development. Networks expert and IPR associate Michelle Shumate and her colleagues’ research into integrated social service networks indicates that the Act should include three more evaluative measures.

Faculty in the News

“The tragedy of the lives lost to gun violence in America’s schools cannot be overstated. But the data indicate that even those who escape these horrific events alive and without physical injuries are also victims.”

—Molly Schnell and Hannes Schwandt
The Lasting Consequences of School Shootings
on the Students Who Survive Them

The Conversation
Working Papers

IPR currently has 21 new working papers in its series for the year, covering topics such as educational inequality, the tension between environmental and antipoverty goals of payments for ecosystem services, and the static and dynamic impacts of market integration on renewable energy expansion. Our working paper newsletter highlights the newest additions, but you can always view and download all of IPR’s working papers from our website.
IPR Working Papers

Stay tuned for some exciting details regarding our 2022–23 event schedule in a future IPR e-news. You can always find the latest event information by visiting our online calendar.

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