The Midwest Sociology of Education Research Symposium
This past October, the Public Policy Center, College of Education, and UI Sociology Department co-sponsored a one and a half day research symposium. The Midwest Sociology of Education Research Symposium was attended by approximately 75 graduate students and faculty from the University of Iowa and several other Midwest universities, including Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michigan State University, Indiana University, and the University of Minnesota. Participants presented original research on a wide range of topics in sociology of education, such as the role of social class in the production of student achievement disparities, factors that affect college-going decision-making, and the impact of financial aid on student outcomes. The primary objective of the conference was to bring together sociology and policy researchers to discuss cutting edge issues in the study of education.