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Susan M. Dynarski

Professor of Public Policy, Education, and Economics; Co-Director, Education Policy Initiative
Dynarski's education policy research focuses on the effectiveness of charter schools, the optimal design of financial aid, the price elasticity of private school attendance, the relationship between postsecondary schooling and labor market outcomes, and the effect of high school reforms on academic achievement and educational attainment. She serves as co-director of the Education Policy Initiative and is a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

It’s HAILing coverage for Susan Dynarski and team

Dec 21, 2018
Last week, Susan Dynarski, Ford School professor, and her fellow researchers released a new research study titled “Closing the Gap: The Effect of a Targeted, Tuition-Free Promise on College Choices of High-Achieving, Low-Income Students.” Since...

Dynarski calls the legacy admission bump 'unconscionable'

Oct 30, 2018
As universities hone their admissions processes to reflect fairness and build a diverse student body, legacy students still have an advantage, warns Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times. Susan Dynarski, Ford School professor, agrees. “Legacy...

Susan Dynarski in New York Times on the recent FAFSA fumble

Mar 13, 2017
Susan Dynarski’s recent article, "A fumble on a key FAFSA tool, and a failure to communicate," was published by The New York Times earlier today. The piece takes a critical look at the IRS shutdown of the FAFSA's data retrieval tool earlier this...

Slow down, get college ratings right, Dynarski tells White House

Sep 22, 2014
“The Obama administration seems intent on putting [college] ratings in place in short order,” writes Dynarski in “Why Federal College Ratings Won’t Rein In Tuition,” published in the Sunday, September 21 edition of The New York Times. “Along with...

Articles jump to conclusions on Gallup debt findings

Aug 14, 2014
"I am happy to yield the point that, everything else held constant, a person will be happier without debt than with it," writes Susan Dynarski in an August 8 post, "What We Mean When We Say Student Debt Is Bad," published by The Upshot, The New York...

Business Insider echoes calls for 2-question aid application

Jul 10, 2014
"Student aid applications are a burdensome gauntlet, and complexity is most damaging to students with the least resources," writes Dennis Zeveloff in a July 9 article, "Why We Should Cut the Federal Financial Aid Form from 130 Questions to 2,"...