Morrison Institute honored for education policy work

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Arizona Capitol Times has named Morrison Institute for Public Policy as one of its 2016 Leaders of the Year in Public Policy, with the Arizona State University center being recognized for its contributions to education.

Morrison Institute, which will celebrate its 35th year in 2017, has a longstanding reputation for bringing education issues to the forefront in terms of economic and workforce development and its intrinsic link to a prosperous future for the state and its residents.

“This award means a lot to us because, as all our polling shows, education continues to be among Arizonans’ top priorities,” said Thom Reilly, director of Morrison Institute. “Understanding the complexities, challenges and opportunities for education remain a top priority for us, as well.”

Education is one of Morrison Institute’s Seven Areas of Focus, which also include water, governance, changing demographics, economic growth, criminal justice and human services & health.

Morrison Institute’s 2012 report, Dropped? Latino Education and Arizona’s Economic Future, remains a frequently cited source for data and projections regarding statewide consequences from the persistent Latino educational achievement gap.

Research, analysis and public outreach will continue at Morrison Institute with such issues as career and technical education (CTE); people with developmental disabilities and employment; dropout prevention; college preparedness; and overall societal benefits of higher education.

Morrison Institute staff is engaged in several education groups, including the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center (AMEPAC), which is part of the Arizona Postsecondary Education Commission. Morrison Institute often works with education-based groups, including the Helios Education Foundation in a current project regarding teacher retention.

The 2016 Leaders of the Year in Public Policy will be honored Oct . 1 at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix in downtown Phoenix. Other winners recognized by the Arizona Capitol Times were for arts & humanities, environment, non-profits, legislative, volunteerism and 11 other categories. Additional information can be found by clicking the link here.