New Report Highlights Motivations of Adults Thinking of Going to College and the Challenges They Face

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Findings from Public Agenda emphasize need for a variety of higher education resources and guidance for growing group of college students.

New Research Initiative Fights Narrative of Absolute Division of Americans on Critical Issues

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Inaugural project of the Hidden Common Ground Initiative elevates areas of agreement on incarceration and criminal justice reform in America

Teacher Collaboration Can Improve Student Outcomes, Reduce Teacher Turnover

Monday, August 28th, 2017

New resources released by Public Agenda and the Spencer Foundation to help advance teaching and learning by fostering collaboration among teachers

New Research: Quality Matters to Patients, but Perceptions Vary Depending on Health Needs

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

National surveys examine public perceptions of quality in diabetes care, joint replacement and maternity care

New Research: Americans Still Searching for How Much Their Care Will Cost

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

National survey and surveys in New York State, Florida, Texas, and New Hampshire point to a need for more actionable price information

Participatory Budgeting Continues to Grow Throughout the U.S. and Canada

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Communities that allocated more money to PB saw greater participation, according to a new report from Pubic Agenda

Elected Officials Say Participatory Budgeting Boosts Civic Engagement, Improves Political Prospects

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Confidential interviews highlight the benefits and challenges of participatory budgeting

Most Americans Support Free College for Low- and Middle-Income Students: New Survey

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Research from Public Agenda reveals broad gaps based on age and political affiliation

New Survey Suggests Public Confidence in Higher Ed Waning

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Findings from Public Agenda stand in contrast to expert opinion and federal policy goals

Participatory Budgeting Processes Spend $50m Across U.S. and Canada

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

First-ever comprehensive analysis reveals wide variety in how communities implement PB, with allocations ranging from $61k to $3.4 million

Survey: Most Americans Do Not Associate Price with Quality in Health Care

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Learners, Educators and Policymakers Tell the Story of Competency-Based Higher Education

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Report describes CBE ecosystem based on two years of collaboration and research

Colleges Leading Competency-Based Revolution Agree on Essential Elements for a Successful Program

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Institutions acknowledge difficulty in key practices; other barriers remain

Trustees Need More Support to Help Colleges Navigate Turbulent Times

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Research suggests trustees of four-year public comprehensive universities want to better serve their institutions but are uncertain of their role

Is New York No Longer the Land of Opportunity?

Monday, October 12th, 2015

New York Metropolitan Area Residents Feel Trapped by Economic Insecurity, According to New Public Agenda/WNYC Survey; Most Say Government Responds to the Wealthy, Not Them

Public Agenda/WNYC Survey Finds Stark Racial Differences in How New York Metropolitan Area Residents View Crime, Policing

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Black and Hispanic Residents Twice as Likely as Whites to View Police-Community Relations as a Serious Problem

Public Agenda Commits to Transparency in Survey-Based Research

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Public Agenda Announces Matt Leighninger as New Director of Public Engagement

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

New Materials, National Event Will Help Higher Education Understand the Potential of Competency-Based Education Programs

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

National survey, fall conference and online resources will give educators and policymakers unprecedented levels of collaboration and information

Can Research and Dialogue Improve the Debate Over Charter Schools?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Public Agenda and the Spencer Foundation announce new online resources to improve dialogue on controversial education issues

As Americans Shoulder More Health Care Costs, Survey Suggests Many Are Hungry for More and Better Price Information

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Most Americans Already Seeking Information About Health Care Prices, Though Obstacles Remain

Competency-Based Education Network announces new cohort of member institutions

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Thirteen institutions and two public systems representing 40 campuses join colleges and universities addressing shared challenges to designing, developing, and scaling high-quality competency-based degree programs.

Public Agenda Applauds Renewed Attention to Community Colleges, Urges Deeper Action

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

For-Profit Colleges Have Some Strengths, But Are They Worth the Cost?

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Students and employers applaud for-profits on some counts, deeply skeptical on others, according to new research

Cost Containment Need Not be a Dirty Word to the Public

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

With the right kind of help, Americans can confront the challenge of addressing health care costs, suggests a new study

Public Agenda Joins the National #GivingTuesday Movement to Encourage Spending with a Purpose

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Pledges to Raise $25,000 to Improve Higher Education

Adult Prospective Students Lacking the Information to Make Best College Choices

Monday, November 4th, 2013

New report provides recommendations for leaders in higher education, government, philanthropy … and for prospective students

On Online Education, Students and Employers Remain Unconvinced

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Key groups in higher education are skeptical about the value of online learning, according to a new survey.

Everyone at the Table Shares Field-Tested Strategies for Engaging Teachers in Evaluation Reform

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Parental Involvement in Education: One Size Does Not Fit All

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

New survey reveals Kansas City parents have different visions and priorities when it comes to being an “involved parent”.

New Study Maps Pathway to Success for High-Poverty Schools

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

High-Needs, High-Achieving Ohio Schools Beat the Odds with Leadership, Collaboration

Hard Work Is Essential for Achieving the American Dream, But Is It Enough? Americans Are Divided According to a New Survey

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Public says people need good work ethic, strong values and good schools to have a shot at the Dream; Americans have a nuanced definition of what Dream is.

Nonpartisan Public Agenda Launches 2012 Voter Guide Series

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Citizens' Solutions Guides offer hard-nosed and unbiased critique of policy platforms; help citizens face up to the trade-offs behind them

New Guide Primes Voters to Face Up to Our Energy Challenges

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Public Agenda releases the second in a series of unbiased Citizens' Solutions Guides to help voters navigate tough issues ahead of the election.

New Federal Budget and National Debt Voter Guide Cuts Through Partisan Jargon

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Public Agenda releases the first in a series of unbiased Citizens' Solutions Guides to help voters navigate tough issues ahead of the election.


Monday, February 20th, 2012

Executives Worry that Challenges of Cost, Quality, Accountability Are Holding Higher Ed, America Back


Thursday, December 15th, 2011

New Research Identifies Two Trustee Types; One Seeks Fundamental Changes

Will Friedman Named President of Public Agenda

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

National Survey Finds Work, Family Responsibilities Fueling Low College Completion Rates

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Most students who fail to graduate don’t get financial help from family or the system itself

Forty Percent of America's K-12 Teachers Appear Disheartened

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Teaching for a Living

Facing Economic Crisis, Bitter Debate, Survey Finds Immigrants Hold Fast to American Dream

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

A Place to Call Home

Bring Faculty Into Discussion on How to Control Rising College Costs, New Report Advises

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Public Agenda Cites Need For Policymakers, Administrators And Faculty To Talk Candidly About How To Keep Costs Under Control

National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Two-Thirds Believe Qualified Students Are Being Shut Out of College

Teachers from Alternative Programs More Critical of On-the-Job Support

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Second in Series of Reports Looks at First-Year Teachers from Teach for America, Troops to Teachers, and the New Teachers Project

Are New Middle and High School Teachers Being Cast Adrift?

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

First in Series of Reports on First-Year Teachers Shows Major Differences Between Elementary and Secondary Teachers on How Long They Plan to Teach and How Much Their Students Are Learning

Its Important... But Not for Me

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

New Research Indicates Kansas and Missouri Students and Parents Get the Importance of Math, Science and Technology Education Generally, but Not for Themselves

On Education Battlefield, Federal Officials and Local School Leaders at Odds on Terrain and Tactics

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Superintendents' perspectives also vastly different from teachers on key issues -- 62% of teachers say kids are slipping through the system without learning; only 27% of superintendents think so

Standards and Testing, Yes, but What Else?

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

Parents, Students, Teachers and Administrators See Standards as Necessary but Not Enough; School Environment and Adequate Funding Are Bigger Priorities

Could an Adult Learn in a Place like This? Black and Hispanic Students More Likely to Report Poor Climate for Learning

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Nearly One-Third of Black Students Report Serious Disruptions and Distractions

Go to College? Get a Job? How Young African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, and Whites Make Decisions About What to Do After

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

Financial pressures force most college-bound African Americans and Hispanics to compromise on college choice. Inspiration from adults, particularly parents, crucial to college decisions. Broad belief in the value of a college degree.

Survey: Sports, Arts, Clubs, Volunteering -- Out-of-School Activities Play Crucial, Positive Role for Kids

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

But new research points to differences between policy makers' focus on programs' educational value and what most families are really seeking; Low-income and minority families much less satisfied with their children's options

Discipline Problems, Unruly Behavior Seriously Threatening Student Achievement

Tuesday, May 11th, 2004

A growing culture of challenge and second guessing, including the fear of lawsuits, is undermining classroom order, hindering learning and driving teachers out of the classroom.

America's Principals and Superintendents -- Railing Against a Torrent of Local, State and Federal Mandates

Wednesday, November 19th, 2003

More cash-strapped than ever, American school leaders say they are fighting an uphill battle against stifling bureaucracy and a torrent of local, state and federal government mandates.

America's Teachers: "Don't Make Us Scapegoats"

Wednesday, June 4th, 2003

Passionate about their profession, but unnerved and angered by expectations they consider unrealistic. At the mercy of administrators they dont trust, students who wont try and parents who just dont care. New national survey reveals solid support for unions and little appetite for tenure reform-but some openness to merit pay and alternative teacher certification.

A Lot More on Their Minds Than Testing

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2003

Survey Analysis Shows that Unruly Students, Demoralized Teachers, Uninvolved Parents, Bureaucracy Edge Out Standards as Top Concerns

Immigrants Dispel Negative Stereotypes

Tuesday, January 14th, 2003

Have Strong Work Ethic, Anxious to Learn English, Embrace Freedom

When It's Your Own Child: Some Surprising Views from Parents about Special Ed

Sunday, June 16th, 2002

The stigma is disappearing, they say in new national survey, but not the problem of getting the right services to the right kids at the right time

Where's the Backlash? Students Say They Don't Fret Standardized Tests

Tuesday, March 5th, 2002

Most teachers, students agree that test preparation has not interfered with classroom learning

Small High Schools Get Thumbs Up From Parents

Tuesday, February 19th, 2002

But teachers less enthused with schools large or small

Politics and Bureaucracy, Not Lack of Funding, Are Chief Irritants for Superintendents and Principals

Wednesday, November 14th, 2001

Most say ability to reward good teachers and fire ineffective ones would improve school leadership

Social Promotion Is Declining Steadily in U.S. Schools

Wednesday, February 21st, 2001

A report on raising standards shows less social promotion, more students attending summer school, and few signs of backlash

Parents of Young Children Yearn to Be Home to Care for Them, Show Wide-Ranging Distrust of Day Care Centers

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2000

Eighty percent of mothers 18 to 29 prefer to be home.

New Teachers Eager but Unprepared for Classroom Realities

Wednesday, May 24th, 2000

In Comparison, Other College Grads Not as Enthusiastic about Their Jobs

Americans View Higher Education as Key to American Dream

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2000

Black and Hispanic Parents Value Higher Education the Most

Half of Teachers Say Academic Standards Have Yet to Change How Much They Expect from Students, Public Agenda Survey Finds

Wednesday, February 16th, 2000

Poor ratings on students writing abilities but computer skills are up

Survey Finds Leaders Have Left Public Far Behind In Voucher, Charter Debate

Wednesday, November 17th, 1999

Raising Kids, Not Running Schools, is Top Priority New Survey Shows Agreement on Most Urgent Type of Parental Involvement

Friday, March 19th, 1999

Leaders Agree On Importance Of Higher Education But Disagree On How It Operates

Wednesday, January 20th, 1999

Stumbling Towards Reform: Disagreement, Shortfalls and a Few Victories Mark Second Public Agenda Survey on School Standards

Thursday, January 7th, 1999

Being an American is a Privilege, Say White, African American, Hispanic and Foreign-born Parents

Monday, November 23rd, 1998

Learning English is a Priority, Especially with Immigrant Parents

New Study Explores Views of Black and White Parents Toward Our Nation's Schools

Tuesday, July 28th, 1998

We've Spent a Lot of Time on the Race Issues, and We Need to Redirect Some of Those Energies to Getting Our Children Better Educated

Employers and College Professors Voice Frustration Over Graduates' Academic Weakness

Thursday, January 8th, 1998

Professors of Education: It's How You Learn, Not What You Learn That's Most Important

Wednesday, October 22nd, 1997

Public School Teenagers Call For Higher Standards, More Order and Discipline in Classroom

Tuesday, February 11th, 1997

They practically hand you a diploma

Teachers Give Public Schools High Marks, But Call For More Order in the Classroom

Tuesday, February 13th, 1996

Half of Americans Say High School Diploma No Guarantee of Basics

Wednesday, October 11th, 1995

Education Reform Movement in Jeopardy, Public's Priorities Not in Sync with Leadership's

Wednesday, October 5th, 1994


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