Institute to focus on high-quality education research

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David Figlio, professor of education and social policy at Northwestern University, will head the recently revamped education research program at Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research. The interdisciplinary program brings together nine faculty members from various disciplines to focus on more rigorous research that will help determine the best strategies to raise achievement and solve other education problems. The other faculty members and their specialty areas are: Thomas D. Cook, sociology, psychology, and education; Larry Hedges, statistics; James Spillane, learning and organizational change; Charles F. Manski, economics; Theresa McGuire, management and strategy; James Rosenbaum and Michelle Reininger, human development; Sergio Urzua, economics.