Is the Past Prologue? What 2016 Means for the 2020 Presidential Election

by Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scientist As we get closer to the Presidential Election, it is worth taking a look back at 2016 voting in America. As most people know, almost 3 million more people voted for Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump, equal to three percent of voters. But here are some other important stats: Young people voted for Clinton 58 to … Continue reading Is the Past Prologue? What 2016 Means for the 2020 Presidential Election

The Utter Ignorance of Higher Education

by Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scientist They watched. They listened. They acted. And once they understood the depths of the pandemic from the experts, college presidents at some of our finest institutions decided it was okay to open up their campuses to students. Brown University was the figurehead for opening up, stating in an open letter that they would open carefully … Continue reading The Utter Ignorance of Higher Education

Skills Versus Degrees: The Administration Got This One Right

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scientist, Educational Policy Institute On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order that would allow the federal government to hire by merit rather than by degree. “Degree-based hiring is especially likely to exclude qualified candidates for jobs related to emerging technologies and those with weak connections between educational attainment and the skills or competencies required to perform them. … Continue reading Skills Versus Degrees: The Administration Got This One Right

Why are COVID-19 Data so Inconsistent?

Today, June 5, the United States reached the 110,000 COVID-19-related death mark. As a policy analyst and researcher, I follow the data very closely. In fact, I am in Day 80 of tracking new daily cases, new daily deaths, and total deaths for the virus, which I then repurpose into charts on Facebook and Twitter. The frustrating part is that I’ve found the numbers erratic, … Continue reading Why are COVID-19 Data so Inconsistent?