In the Spotlight

Congress has begun the process of reauthorizing the Higher Education Act of 1965 amid intensifying public debates over college affordability and the effectiveness of federal student aid programs. As lawmakers look for policy solutions to today’s challenges, SSN scholars explain the history, purpose, and challenges facing the law – and suggest possible reforms.

Moving beyond horse-race coverage, four SSN experts – Sheldon Goldman of the University of Massachusetts, Jacob S. Hacker of Yale University, Laurie L. Rice of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Theda Skocpol of Harvard University – discuss possible impacts on policies, appointments, government effectiveness, and the next rounds of politics.

Don Grant
University of Colorado Boulder
Kelly Bergstrand

University of Arizona
Katrina Running
Idaho State University

Three SSN scholars evaluate the effectiveness of the current patchwork of state policies for curbing greenhouse gas outflow.

Mark A. Rothstein
Herbert F. Boehl Professor of Law and Medicine, University of Louisville School of Medicine

America’s health system has what it takes to stop Ebola. But no U.S. agency has the authority to direct a national response. Much depends on front-line state and local officials, who must manage quarantines.

On October 2, a panel of distinguished experts, including four SSN members, assessed the progress of the Affordable Care Act – looking at expansions of health coverage, the operation of regulated insurance markets, and shifting political debates.

America’s women workers are vital contributors to the national economy – and to family budgets. But most struggle with inadequate pay, unpredictable schedules, and few supports for their efforts to juggle obligations at work and home. What can be done? SSN experts point to the most effective reforms.

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