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College Affordability
College affordability has declined in all 50 states: Report

College affordability has declined in all 50 states since 2008, according to a new report by Vanderbilt University, in collaboration with University of Pennsylvania and the Higher Education Policy Institute. William Doyle, associate professor of higher education at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development, is lead policy analyst and co-lead author of the report.

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VKC Autism Study
Kennedy Center joins nation’s largest autism study

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) is one of a select group of sites selected to launch SPARK, an online research initiative designed to become the largest autism study ever undertaken in the United States. Sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI), SPARK will collect information and DNA for genetic analysis from 50,000 individuals with autism — and their families — to advance the understanding of the causes of this condition and to hasten the discovery of supports and treatments.

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Charter School
Study: Charter school grads stay in college, earn more money

Students who attend charter high schools are more likely to graduate, go to college and stay in college than students who attend traditional public high schools. This is according to the first large-scale study of the effects of charter schools on earnings in adulthood, conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development, Georgia State University and Mathematica Policy Research. The full results were recently published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

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