Policy Perspectives
The Center for Public Policy & Administration

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 Comprehensive School Reform   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 6  
Comprehensive School Reform in Utah
Case Study of Utah Higher Education
Do Something
Announcing the New Criterion Referenced Tests Reporting System
ASPA Luncheon - October 7th
Special Legislative Edition
February 23, 2006
Economic Development
January 30, 2006
2005 Recap
December 12, 2005
Elections and Voting
October 26, 2005
Impacts of a Minimum Wage Increase
August 30, 2005

Comprehensive School Reform in Utah
by Janice Houston

University of Utah researchers recently completed an evaluation of comprehensive school reform in sixteen Utah schools. As part of the evaluation process, researchers reviewed Criterion Reference Test (CRT) scores for all students in the sixteen schools. The findings were dramatically positive. Student scores in these schools often moved from significantly below the statewide average score to very close to the average.
Case Study of Utah Higher Education
from The National Center For Public Policy and Higher Education

The Case Study of Utah Higher Education examines higher education policies in Utah in order to better understand the state's generally good performance in Measuring Up 2004: The National Report Card on Higher Education. Utah's historically strong performance, especially in terms of providing affordable higher education, provided an incentive for the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education to further investigate the public policies of Utah that might account for its good performance as documented in Measuring Up 2004.

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Do Something
by Ken Embley

Forgive me for being personal, but I am feeling a little guilty. Last week, I met with some associates on campus from Continuing Education. They were kind enough to give me a copy of their September—December 2005 Professional Education catalog and to paraphrase, I read:

You can try to fake your way through life using important-sounding—or even made-up—buzzwords. However, if you have minimal skills and yesterday’s knowledge, you will not get far. In today’s environment, you need real skills and real knowledge to boost your career and increase your organization’s contribution to our needy state of affairs. Moreover, the best way to gain these necessary skills and abilities is through a commitment on your part to continue your education.

About YOUR Education...

While All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten may sell books, education is a life-long process. Which of the following formal educational experiences has been the most valuable to you?

Elementary School

Junior High/Middle School

High School

Vocational/Trade School



Professional Program (Law, Medicine, MBA)


None of the Above

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