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Jul 11 / Veronica Bielat

America’s Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014

From IES Newsflash Service

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has released America’s Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014. The indicators presented in this report provide a rich snapshot of the health, education, and well-being of America’s young adults.

Report findings include:

• In 2013, 84 percent of young adult women and 81 percent of young adult men had completed at least a high school education. These percentages were up from 79 and 75 percent, respectively, in 1980.

• The overall college enrollment rate for 18- to 24-year-olds increased from 26 percent in 1980 to 41 percent in 2012. Among Hispanics in this age group, college enrollment during this time increased from 22 to 37 percent, the largest increase among all racial and ethnic groups.

• In 2011–12, about 68 percent of young adult undergraduates in their fourth year of college or above had received federal loans, non-federal loans, or Parent Loans for Undergraduates (PLUS, received by parents), compared with 50 percent in 1989–90.

• The mean cumulative debt per fourth-year student in 2011–12 was $25,400, up from $14,700 in 1989–90, after adjusting for inflation.

• A higher percentage of young adults ages 20–24 was neither enrolled in school nor working in 2013 (19 percent) than in 1990 (17 percent). This percentage also increased for young adults at various levels of educational attainment.

• The labor force participation rate for young adults was 65 percent in 2012, compared with the peak rate of 75 percent in 1986 and 74 percent in 2000.

• Fifty-eight percent of young men and 51 percent of young women lived with their parents in 2013.

To view the full report please visit

Jul 10 / Veronica Bielat

ERIC is Now Accepting Online Submissions

ERIC, Education Resources Information Center, is an online digital library of education research and information. In addition to providing access to content in professional and scholarly journals, and all types of non-journal publications, including conference papers, graduate theses and dissertations, literature reviews, and reports. ERIC also accepts journal articles if they are submitted by the author or were supported by federal funding.

Do you have a paper that you would like to include in ERIC? If so, ERIC is now accepting online submissions!

To learn more about the type of work indexed in ERIC, please see their Selection Policy.

For more information about the online submission process, please see the ERIC FAQs for online submission.

Jun 19 / Veronica Bielat

Webinars on tests, measures and statistics

Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, and APA (American Psychological Association) are producing a series of webinars and videos on tests, measures and statistics. You can access the first two of these archived webinars on the Wayne State Library System’s Testing, Measurement and Assessment Resources Guide (Tests & Measures Video Series tab)

The first webinar in the series is titled Would You Like to Know More About Finding and Using Measures? and includes the topics Types of Measures and Scales, How to Find Them, What Makes a Good Measure, What if There Isn’t a Measure for What I Want to Use?

The second webinar is titled Using Statistical Tests . Its topics include what test to use in what situation, statistical tests for relationships, prediction, two-group designs, multiple-group design and causal modeling, and APA Style guidelines on statistical presentation in text, tables, and figures.

The Wayne State Library System maintains a collection of references resources and handbooks in our Purdy-Kresge Library Test Collection, and provides online licensed access to Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print and DSM-5 (through Psychiatry Online).

May 29 / Veronica Bielat

NCES Releases “The Condition of Education 2014″

The Condition of Education 2014 summarizes developments and trends from 42 indicators on the status and condition of education from preschool to postsecondary.

Postsecondary findings for the year 2012 include:

  • 56 percent of male students and 61 percent of female students who began their bachelor degree in the fall of 2006, and did not transfer, had completed their degree by 2012.
  • over 1 million associate’s degrees, 1.8 million bachelor’s degrees, and more than 750,000 master’s degrees were awarded
  • young adults with a bachelor’s degree earned 57% more than you adult high school completers. ($46,900 vs. $30,000)


May 8 / Veronica Bielat

A First Look at State of Preschool 2013

The NCES announced the release of its First Look State of Preschool 2013. This brief report presents date about state supported preschool enrollment and funding, at the state and national levels for the 2012-13 school year.

Reported findings include:

• Forty states and the District of Columbia had state supported programs in place to provide preschool in 2012-13.

• State-funded preschool served 1.34 million children in these states.

• Total expenditures from all identified sources supporting state preschool programs equaled $6.2 billion in 2012-13, representing a decrease from the previous year’s inflation-adjusted total of $6.39 billion.

Apr 28 / Veronica Bielat

ERIC Releases Revised Journal and Non-Journal Source Lists

ERIC, the Education Resources Information Center, has added 20 new journals and 118 new not-journal sources to its expansive index of over 1,600 educational research resources in its database.  All of the sources currently indexed in ERIC meet the standard and criteria of the revised ERIC Selection Policy, developed in collaboration with its Collection Advisory Group. The new collection policy focuses on education research, and also considers whether sources produce content on a regular basis, the ease of obtaining full text for searchers, and whether content is peer reviewed. Previously indexed records from sources that are no longer active will remain in the collection.

Review the list of active journals and non-journals indexed on the ERIC website. Click the title or source name to return all records indexed in ERIC for that source. (If you retrieve an empty result set, ERIC has not yet received materials for indexing from that source.)

Wayne State University libraries also provides access to ERIC through the ProQuest and EbsocoHost database platforms, which provides easy linking to our full-text subscriptions and document delivery request forms.

Apr 1 / Veronica Bielat

“Race for Results” released by Annie E. Casey Foundation-Michigan lags behind

“Race for Results” released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, examines 12 indicators measuring a child’s success, including proficiency, high school graduation, family income and neighborhood poverty. The report finds a major racial gap exists, placing Latino, Native American and African-American children at a disadvantage for success. Michigan’s rating for african-american children was one of the lowest rated states, along with Wisconsin (at the bottom) and Mississippi. You can read the Free Press article here, and access the full “Race for Results” report and “Race for Results” data and the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s “Race Matters Toolkit“, “designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all.” (from

Mar 31 / Veronica Bielat

A Collection of Articles to Support World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2014. Taylor & Francis publishing has made freely available a collection of articles showcasing the latest research from a range of subjects such as Autism and Education Research,  Autism: Insights from Education Behavioral Science, Cognitive Psychology, Creative Arts, Health and Social Care, Neuropsychology and Neuroscience, Psychoanalysis, Psychology, and  Psychotherapy & Counselling.

These articles are free to access online until June 30, 2014. Click here to explore the collection today.

Mar 6 / Veronica Bielat

Dean Carolyn Shields coeditor of the International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Social (in)justice

Dr. Carolyn Shields, Dean of the Wayne State University College of Education is co-editor, along with Dr. Ira Bogotch of Florida Atlantic University, of the recently published International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Social (in)justice. The entire 2-volume handbook is available as an e-book through the Wayne State Library system. Please note this handbook is restricted to a single user by the e-book provider, so you may get a message the book is in use, if another Wayne State affiliate is viewing the book.

Book description from Springer (publisher): The International Handbook on Educational Leadership and Social (In)Justice creates a first-of-its-kind international forum on conceptualizing the meanings of social justice and leadership, research approaches in studying social justice and combating social injustices, school, university and teacher leadership for social justice, advocacy and advocates for social justice, socio-cultural representations of social injustices, glocal policies, and leadership development as interventions. The Handbook is as much forward-looking as it is a retrospective review of educational research literatures on social justice from a variety of educational subfields including educational leadership, higher education academic networks, special education, health education, teacher education, professional development, policy analyses, and multicultural education. The Handbook celebrates the promises of social justice while providing the educational leadership research community with concrete, contextualized illustrations on how to address inequities and combat social, political and economic injustices through the processes of education in societies and educational institutions around the world.

The Wayne State University library collection has over 700,000 e-books available. Use the library catalog to locate e-books by title, subject, author or keyword.

Mar 3 / Veronica Bielat

Projections of Education Statistics to 2022 now available

“Projections of Education Statistics to 2022 provides national-level data on enrollment, teachers, high school graduates, and expenditures at the elementary and secondary level and enrollment and degrees at the postsecondary level for the past 15 years and projections to the year 2022.” IES Newsflash

Highlights of the report include a projected decrease of 2% in high school graduates by 2022, along with a projected increase of 14% in postsecondary enrollment by 2022.