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The Forum on the Future of Public Education

The Forum on the Future of Public Education strives to bring the best empirical evidence to policymakers and the public.

The Forum draws on a network of premier scholars to create, interpret, and disseminate credible information on key questions facing P-20 education. The Forum pursues original research and facilitates collaboration between researchers and policymakers to examine the pressing issues shaping the future of public education. Key constituencies of the Forum include scholars who influence research, policy and practice; policy makers and policy making bodies at all levels; members of the media who influence public opinion; foundations, organizations, business groups and others who support, criticize and advocate for reform; and citizens who make choices about education for themselves and their children.

America is witnessing a drastic redefinition of the policies and practices associated with “public education.” Too often, discussions around the future of public education are strong on passion but short on actual evidence. The Forum for the Future of Public Education is filing that gap by building a resource of objective, research-based insights on key educational issues. We are establishing an open venue- a true public forum to debate controversial and consequential policy issues that will shape American’s future.

Current and Former OCCRL Directors to be Honored by NISTS

Jan 18, 2019, 09:30 by (Office of Community College Research and Leadership)

A current and former director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) in the College of Education are being honored in February by the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS), an organization that equips professionals with the knowledge and skills to advocate for transfer students through education, research, and advocacy.   

Dr. Debra Bragg, who was the founding director of OCCRL in 1989 and served in the position through 2015, will receive NISTS’s signature honor, the Bonita C. Jacobs Transfer Champion Award, which recognizes those who have greatly enhanced student-transfer access, persistence, and success in areas such as research, policy, or advocacy throughout their careers. The award was named for the organization's founder, who played a significant role in advancing the national transfer conversation.

Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, OCCRL’s current director, will be honored as a co-recipient of the Transfer Catalyst Award, which celebrates midcareer professionals who display game-changing influences in the transfer field at the institutional, regional, or state level.

According to NISTS’s 2019 conference program, Catalyst awardees “demonstrate evidence of leadership, appropriate risk-taking and disrupting the status quo, along with using relevant research and theoretical frameworks to develop programs and services for transfer students.”

Zamani-Gallaher will be recognized for the Catalyst Award alongside scholar-practitioners Russell Baker (Ivy Tech Community College), John Fink (Columbia University), and Paulina Palomino (East Los Angeles College).

In addition to her OCCRL duties, Zamani-Gallaher is a professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership and serves as the department’s associate head. She is also the associate dean of the Graduate College.

Bragg and Zamani-Gallaher will be honored during NISTS’s annual conference, which takes place this year Feb. 13-15 in Atlanta.

View the conference program.