ESPI: Ginther: Improvements in P-20 education/Scientific Labor Markets

Donna Ginther, professor of economics, has been work with the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium (KC-AERC): KC-AERC is a partnership between four research universities (the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, the University of Missouri Kansas City, and the University of Missouri Columbia) and 32 school districts in metropolitan Kansas City. The shared goal is to improve P-20 education for all students in the Kansas City metropolitan area by providing powerful tools for data-driven educational policy research, evaluation, and implementation. They are currently engaged in four research projects:

  1. the transition from high school to postsecondary education;
  2. how algebra is taught in school districts;
  3. teacher labor markets; and
  4. estimates of school district value-added models.

Ginther’s second project is on diversity in scientific labor markets--her research examines gender and race differences in academic careers in biomedicine. She finds that women leave academic biomedical careers after the postdoc. In addition, under-represented minorities are less likely to graduate from high school and college. Once they have doctorates in biomedicine, they are more likely to receive tenure. She presented this research to the National Academies of Science and testified before Congress on 'Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Science Act of 2008.'

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