Assessing and Improving Skills in College: China, India, Russia, and the United States

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Using nationally representative data on STEM undergraduates collected from China, India and Russia (which train about half of the world's STEM undergraduates) and the United States, Assistant Professor Prashant Loyalka shares his study’s findings that assess and compare levels and gains in academic and higher order thinking skills among college students in multiple countries, and examines which factors (institutional, faculty, instructional, peer, student) affect skills and improve the quality of higher education. 

Prashant Loyalka is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Education and a Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. His research focuses on addressing inequalities in the education of youth and on improving the quality of education received by youth in multiple countries including China, India, Russia, and the United States. In the course of addressing educational inequalities, Prashant examines the consequences of tracking, financial and informational constraints, as well as social and psychological factors in highly competitive education systems. His work on educational quality is built around research that assesses and compares student learning in higher education, high school and compulsory schooling. He also conducts large-scale evaluations of educational programs and policies that seek to improve student outcomes.

Co-sponsored by the Institute of East Asian Studies and the Institute for South Asia Studies