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  • School's Out

    Research Reveals Standardized Tests Have Negative Impact on Parents' Civic Engagement

    New research by UMass Amherst political scientist Jesse Rhodes reveals that parents of public school students in states with more extensive and stringent student assessment systems express lower trust in government, less confidence in government... More

  • Student Achievement

    Examining policy effects on equity and performance

    At all levels of government across the United States, the debate over educational standards is hot. And UMass Amherst educational policy expert Kathryn McDermott’s research shows that in our increasingly racially and economically stratified society... More

  • Networked Decision-Making

    Analyzing big data to understand complex social systems

    In our increasingly digital age, the collection, storage and analysis of large-scale data offer a window to the inner workings of our social world and collective interactions. At UMass Amherst, computational social science expert Bruce Desmarais (... More

  • Anticipating Casino Gambling

    UMass researchers study the impacts as Massachusetts gets ready to roll the dice

    The debate over whether or not to legalize casino gambling in Massachusetts was long and heated, but the results are clear: casinos will soon grace the state. With $3.64 million from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC), UMass Amherst... More