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What's Got MDC Buzzing?

What's Got MDC Buzzing?


This week, the U.S. Department of Education unveiled a new searchable database: Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success. Submissions from two- and four-year institutions were invited at the beginning of the year. You’ll find descriptions of programs and policies that have improved postsecondary success, transfer, and graduation rates at the featured institutions. Topics range from adult education to college transition to career pathway design. We were pleased to see colleges from our Developmental Education Initiative included in the list.


Over at NC Policy Watch, NC Justice Center staff attorney (and former MDC Autry Fellow!) Daniel Bowes describes recent developments in North Carolina to create a reentry system for incarcerated individuals that “meaningfully restores opportunities and resources to individuals based on individualized assessments of risk and need. Such a system better ensures safe communities and saves public dollars.” We’re still a long way from that goal, but efforts in North Carolina are moving in that direction.

Economic Security

On September 12, the U.S. Census Bureau released their report “Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011. (They also released their first mobile app “America’s Economy.” Awesome!) Now that the numbers are out, the analysis begins:

  • See MDC’s Twitter feed for a little State-of-the-South analysis
  • The Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity has assembled a Poverty Data Resource Guide, along with commentary from W. K. Kellogg Foundation President Sterling Speirn.
  • Dylan Matthews looks at government response to poverty—and throws in a bit about the updated poverty measure coming in November—here on the Washington Post Wonkblog.
  • On the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities blog, Off the Charts, they’re examining income inequality, jobless benefits, and the Earned Income Tax Credit, using the new Census figures as a starting point.