|Principal Investigators:||Deanna Schexnayder, MBA and Christopher T. King, PhD
|Sponsors:||Texas Education Agency, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board|
|Research Partner:||The University of Texas at Dallas|
|Project Duration:||September 2007 – August 2012|
|Description:||The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and its partners — including the Ray Marshall Center — have established an Education Research Center (ERC), sponsored by the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which will conduct research for the benefit of education in Texas, as authorized by Section 1.005 of the Texas Education Code. Current approved projects are:
Project 1: College Readiness, Transition, and Performance
The Ray Marshall Center will use linked high school and postsecondary education records, in combination with variables developed from the TEA AEIS public database to determine the rates of graduation and college enrollment for seniors in Texas school districts and factors associated with successful transitions to postsecondary education. Statistical models that were developed in a similar project that used different data sources will be run on data obtained from the ERC data warehouse to test the degree to which findings are consistent across the different data sets and available variables used in the two separate projects.
Project 2: An Analysis of Early Education Factors Associated with School Success in the Elementary Years
Ray Marshall Center researchers will conduct an exploratory analysis of the relationship between participation in pre-kindergarten and success in the early school years. Outcome measures to be used in this phase of the analysis will be either 1st grade passing rates or 3rd grade performance on TAKS tests, depending on the years of TEA data available in the ERC data warehouse at the time that the study is conducted.
|Reports Available:||Study of Early Education in Texas: The Relationship of Pre-K Attendance to 3rd Grade Test Results
Authors: Aletha Huston, Anjali Gupta, and Deanna Schexnayder
Date: March 2012
Publication Type: Report, 51 pp.
Factors Associated with Education and Work after High School for the Classes of 2008 and 2009
Authors: Greg Cumpton, Deanna Schexnayder, and Christopher T. King; with assistance from Chandler Stolp
Date: February 2012
Publication Type: Report, 93pp.
|Principal Investigators:||Christopher T. King, PhD and Tara Smith, MPA
|Sponsor:||TG Public Benefit Program|
|Research Partners:||E3 Alliance|
|Project Duration:||October 2011 – August 2012|
|Description:||In partnership with E3 Alliance, the Ray Marshall Center (RMC) is participating in the Central Texas College Access and Persistence Program Evaluation. The evaluation seeks to increase regional capacity to provide critical and effective support to traditionally underrepresented college students to help ensure that they enter college and persist in their studies through completion. The project has two primary goals: 1) to increase Austin College Access Network (ACAN) member awareness of the nature and breadth of college access and persistence services offered in Central Texas and identify service gaps; and 2) to increase the capacity of ACAN member organizations for program evaluation and continuous improvement activities.
Under the project, RMC will:
|Reports Available:||Central Texas College Access and Persistence Program Evaluation: Outcomes and Impacts Summary Report
Authors: Tara Smith and Greg Cumpton
Date: January 2013
Publication Type: Report, 72pp.Initial Evaluation Findings: Central Texas College Access and Persistence Programs
Authors: Tara Smith and Greg Cumpton
Date: May 31, 2012
Publication Type: Report, 47pp.
Information Brief: Common Definitions
The Ray Marshall Center’s 2010-2011 project with the Austin College Access Network, as well as available reports, are accessible via this link: ACAN – “Staying Powers” Project
|Principal Investigators:||Christopher T. King, PhD and Robert W. Glover, PhD|
|Sponsor:||Austin Area Research Organization|
|Project Duration:||January 2012 – June 2012|
|Description:||The Workforce Potential Project, an initiative of the Social Equity Committee of the Austin Area Research Organization (AARO), aims to better align the local human capital supply and projected industry demand in support of economic growth in Central Texas. WPP targets area residents 25 years and older with some postsecondary achievement to obtain an associate’s degree or certification that will enable them to qualify for high-demand, high-wage jobs offering opportunities for stable employment and career advancement.
AARO engaged the Ray Marshall Center to conduct in-depth labor market research, including identification and analysis of industry sectors and occupations meeting WPP criteria; to prepare of a range of return-on-investment estimates; and to synthesize findings and recommendations for improving and connecting skills, education, and training capacity with projected job opportunities for the target population. The initial report, Workforce Potential Project: Analysis of Labor Market and Provider Capacity, presents the results of this collaborative research effort and provides a basis for advancing WPP toward implementation.
|Reports Available:||The Workforce Potential Project: Analysis of Area Labor Market and Provider Capacity
Authors: Robert W. Glover, Dan O’Shea, Christopher T. King, Laura Stelling, and Richard Fonté
Date: September 2012
Publication Type: Report, 60pp.
|Principal Investigators:||Daniel G. Schroeder, PhD and Ashweeta Patnaik, MPH|
|Sponsor:||U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service|
|Research Partners:||The Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore, University of Chicago, University of Kentucky, Georgia State University, and W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research|
|Project Duration:||April 2010 – September 2018
|Description:||The goals of the ADARE-SNAP study will be to analyze the interaction of SNAP caseload and recipient household composition dynamics aligned with receipt of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and participation in UI covered employment, and to demonstrate by state-specific approaches and accomplishments how analyses based on longitudinal files of linked confidential state administrative data files can be replicated in other states, and extended and refined by the partners in the consortium states.The Ray Marshall Center will link longitudinal files of administrative records – SNAP administrative data, UI benefits data, and State UI wage records – to understand the sequencing of SNAP and UI applications, factors affecting the duration of SNAP and UI benefits, and the extent to which these patterns of outcomes are affected by the recession.|
|Evaluation of Urban Fathers Building Assests Initiatve|
|Principal Investigator:||Daniel G. Schroeder, PhD|
|Sponsor:||U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement|
|Research Partners:||Texas Office of the Attorney General, RAISE Texas, Harris County Precinct One, Baylor College of Medicine’s Young Fathers/Bootstrap project, Covenant Community Capital|
|Project Duration:||January 2011 – September 2014|
|Description:||The Urban Fathers Asset Building (UFAB) project is demonstrating an innovative nexus between the child support system, fatherhood programs and Assets for Independence (AFI) grant-funded services. UFAB is a collaborative initiative of the Texas Office of the Attorney General, Baylor College of Medicine’s Teen Health Clinic, and Covenant Community Capital Corporation, the local AFI grantee in Houston. UFAB targets low-income, young fathers—a population notably under-served by financial education services regularly provided under AFI—prior to their need for enforcement of child support orders.
UFAB intends to recruit and enroll up to 200 new or expectant young fathers who reside in the urban core of Houston, Texas, near the time of the births of their children in order to encourage financial literacy and asset building to become more economically self-sufficient. Simultaneously, the demonstration presents the opportunity to provide information about child support laws and enforcement to the young fathers at this early stage of family formation, as well as to personnel of collaborating entities at the community level. The grant also authorizes OAG to build awareness and support for this and other efforts of OAG’s Child Support Division throughout the state, including Child Support for College and the Bring it Back to Texas program. UFAB involves collaboration at the statewide level between the OAG and RAISE Texas, the statewide association of AFI grantees, for the purpose of disseminating child support information, including family stability initiatives to the grantees and their local partners.
The Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin has been contracted by OAG as the project evaluator to conduct process and outcomes analyses of UFAB.
|Reports Available:||Urban Fathers Asset Building – Final Report
Authors: Dan O’Shea, Daniel Schroeder, Cynthia Juniper, and Amna Khan
Date: September 2014
Publication Type: Report, 58 pp.
Urban Fathers Asset Building Project- Interim Implementation Report
Urban Fathers Asset Building Project – Evaluation Plan
|Principal Investigator:||Christopher T. King, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator: Tara Smith, MPA
|Sponsor:||U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration|
|Research Partners:||Texas Workforce Commission|
|Project Duration:||December 2010 – June 2014
|Description:||Texas’ Workforce Data Quality Initiative aims to develop a comprehensive system for analysis of workforce and education participation and outcomes. In partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission, the Ray Marshall Center (RMC) is working to build, test, improve, and expand data linkages across linked individual-level, longitudinal education, and workforce records. Through this project, researchers will be able to identify and assess postsecondary pathways and transitions between education, employment, and other outcomes for students exiting the public school system as well as analyze the performance of the human capital development system in Texas, spanning secondary education through postsecondary education, and workforce training and employment. Additional data sources that will be linked into workforce and education records include corrections, Vital Statistics, and federal and military employment from the Federal Employment Data Exchange System (FEDES). The project will also identify barriers to linking these data systems and present possible options for addressing these barriers. Outcomes and data from the Workforce Data Quality Initiative will be used to enhance program improvement, performance management, and research. This will provide researchers and local ISD administrators, as well as state and local policy makers, with information that could ultimately be used to improve young adult connections with the workforce system and help students and parents identify career pathways to high-wage employment.|
|Reports Available:||Postsecondary Education, Training and Labor Market Transitions in Texas: A Regional Analysis
Authors: Greg Cumpton, Kristin Christensen, Christopher King, Charles Demakis, and Tara Smith
Date: June 2014
Publication Type: Report, 64pp.
Findings on Student Outcomes: Results from an Employer Survey Pilot Project
Workforce Data Quality Initiative Research Brief 7
Workforce Data Quality Initiative Research Brief 6
Workforce Data Quality Initiative Research Brief 5
Workforce Data Quality Initiative Research Brief 4
Workforce Data Quality Initiative Research Brief 3
Workforce Data Quality Initiative Research Brief 2
Workforce Data Quality Initiative Research Brief 1
The Texas WDQI Project
TAKS-ing Students? Evaluating Exit Exam Effects on Long-Term Student Outcomes in Texas
The Effects of Institutional Inputs on Time to Degree for Traditional and Nontraditional College Students
Work-study Financial Aid and Student Outcomes: Evidence from Community Colleges in Texas
|Principal Investigator:||Deanna T. Schexnayder|
|Sponsor:||TG Public Benefit Program|
|Research Partners:||E3 Alliance|
|Project Duration:||December 2010 – July 2011|
|Description:||In partnership with E3 Alliance, the Ray Marshall Center (RMC) is participating in the Austin College Access Network (ACAN) college persistence project entitled “Staying Powers: Building College Persistence for our Most Challenged Students.” The project’s goal is to conduct a program to enhance the collaboration of participating organizations in the Austin College Access Network to improve college persistence for the region’s low-income and first-generation students at several area colleges and universities. In particular, the program will help establish data capabilities and provide resources for engaging higher education partners to develop shared programming to improve retention.Under the project, RMC will:
|Reports Available:||Development of a Student Tracking System for ACAN Participants
Authors: Deanna Schexnayder, Patty Rodriguez, and Greg Cumpton
Date: January 2012
Publication Type: Report, 9pp.
The Ray Marshall Center’s 2011-2012 project with the Austin College Access Network, as well as available reports, are accessible via this link: ACAN
|Principal Investigator:||Christopher T. King, PhD|
|Sponsor:||Texas Workforce Commission via Skillpoint Alliance|
|Research Partners:||Skillpoint Alliance|
|Project Duration:||April 2010 – June 2011|
|Description:||Skillpoint Alliance’s Gateway Allied Health program seeks to train, credential, and provide job placement assistance to under- and unemployed Central Texans in the high-demand allied health sector, focusing on jobs in Medical Insurance Billing and Medical Office/Customer Service. The program employs a rapid training model using curricula directly linked to industry standards, based upon experience with Skillpoint’s successful Construction Gateway program. Participation in Gateway Allied Health is designed to result in industry-recognized credentials. In addition, the program includes a component to help participants learn soft skills to enable them to obtain, retain and advance in the health care industry.
The Ray Marshall Center is evaluating the effectiveness of the Gateway Allied Health program. With Skillpoint and its partners, including Austin Community College, the Center is developing an evaluation strategy appropriate to the size, scope, and nature of the project. The Center is accessing data from the program as well as key state agencies (e.g., Texas Workforce Commission) for the evaluation. Center researchers will produce quarterly reports and a design for continuing to evaluate the Gateway Allied Health program in the future.
|Principal Investigator:||Deanna T. Schexnayder, MBA|
|Sponsor:||Texas Early Learning Council and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston|
|Research Partners:||Steve Murdock, Ph.D., Hobby Center for the Study of Texas|
|Project Duration:||June 1, 2011 – October 31, 2012|
|Description:||The Ray Marshall Center is beginning work with the Texas Early Learning Council and University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston to identify and evaluate education programs and services in Texas for children under the age of 13. The project has four objectives:
1. To understand and estimate the number of children under age 13 who will be eligible for early childhood education programs and services and before and after school-age care programs and services in the near term (2012-2015).
2. To understand and document the current supply across the state of Texas of formal providers of early childhood education programs and services as well as school-age care for children under the age of 13 based on data from federal, state and local agencies and service providers.
3. To conduct a gap analysis based on objectives #1 and #2.
4. To generate a final, comprehensive state of Texas needs assessment analyzing Texas’ early childhood education and school-age care system; and provides recommendations for meeting identified gaps in programs and services and quality and recommendations for conducting periodic needs assessment.
|Reports Available:||Change in the Early Childhood and School Age Population in Texas, 2000 to 2010, and Projected to 2015
Authors: Steve H. Murdock, Michael Cline, Debbie Perez, and George Hough
Date: September 2012
Publication Type:Report, 140pp.
Publisher: The Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, Rice University
Texas Early Childhood Education Needs Assessment: Supply and Quality of Early Care and Education and School-Age Care
Texas Early Childhood Education Needs Assessment: Gaps between Need and Availability of Early Care and Education
Texas Early Childhood Education Needs Assessment: Final Report
|Principal Investigator:||Christopher T. King, PhD|
|Sponsor:||Foundation for Child Development|
|Project Duration:||April 2011 – June 2016
|Description:||In partnership with the Foundation for Child Development, the Ray Marshall Center is implementing a Dual-Generation Strategy Initiative. This project seeks to create and promote the field of “dual-generation” strategies, those in which children simultaneously participate in high-quality early and primary education (PreK-3rd) while their parents participate in leading-edge workforce development and education programs ultimately leading to long-term learning and economic success for low-skilled, low-income families in the United States. The goals of the project are to improve the understanding of dual-generation strategies among policymakers, researchers, and funders, as well as foster the implementation of dual-generation strategies at the federal and state levels. The project potentially has four (4) phases, the first two of which FCD is funding through the Center:
The Foundation for Child Development (FCD) is a national private philanthropy in New York City dedicated to promoting a new beginning for American education from PreKindergarten through Third Grade (PreK-3rd). PreK-3rd Grade Education is a seamless learning continuum, connecting high-quality PreK programs with high-quality elementary schools, to create a well-aligned primary education for all our nation’s children. The Foundation promotes the well-being of children, and believes that families, schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and governments at all levels share complementary responsibilities in the critical task of raising new generations.
|Reports Available:||Promoting Two-Generation Strategies: A Getting-Started Guide for State and Local Policy Makers (Revised and Updated)
Author: Christopher T. King, Cynthia J. Juniper, Rheagan Coffey, and Tara C. Smith
Date: August 2016
Publication Type: Report, 55pp
Austin Two-Generation Pilot Project Evaluation – UWGA
Promoting Two-Generation Strategies: A Getting-Started Guide for State and Local Policy Makers
Dual-Generation Strategy Initiative Research Brief
Investing in Children and Parents: Fostering Dual-Generation Strategies in the United States