Study examines challenges for first-generation students

Here’s what one first-generation college student told Julia Sorcinelli, a 2011 IU Master of Public Affairs graduate who recently conducted a year-long study of the challenges facing students who are trying to be the first in their families to earn a university degree: “It’s hard because I’m so stressed. I know my mom and dad […]

School of Education efforts credited for test-score gains in schools

When a school makes a big jump in standardized test scores, there’s a natural tendency to suspect teachers are “teaching to the test” or drilling students in narrow skills. It’s not necessarily so. Two of the Indiana schools that made the biggest gains last year on the state’s ISTEP-Plus exam credited the improvement to working […]

Farewell, Lin and Vincent Ostrom

Both Elinor and Vincent Ostrom left us in the past month. What a loss to Indiana University, to Bloomington, to the social sciences and to their many friends and colleagues around the world. Elinor “Lin” Ostrom died June 12 at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital. Vincent Ostrom, her husband of almost 50 years, died June […]