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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... Read

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... Read

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... Read

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... Read

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Stone walls dry stacked in India with mountains in background
Building Walls: Designing Solutions for Sustainable Communities

The rocks in the wall above - in the village of Kumik in India - were harvested from the mountain, in a remote landscape with few...