RAND Education and Labor

Dedicated to improving education and expanding economic opportunities for all through research and analysis

RAND Education and Labor conducts rigorous, objective research to help decisionmakers and practitioners find solutions to education and labor market challenges. Our staff is comprised of over 200 experts from a wide range of disciplines. Our research sponsors include government agencies, foundations, and private-sector organizations.

Our Leadership

Our Work

  • Students in university, photo by Vasyl/Adobe Stock

    Project

    Higher Education Act Reauthorization: Insights from RAND

    Jun 7, 2019

    In light of Congress' efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, RAND has collected commentaries from its experts that address several aspects of the nation’s main federal law governing postsecondary education.

  • Elementary students holding hands and running, photo by monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images

    Research Brief

    Support for Social and Emotional Learning Is Widespread

    May 30, 2019

    Most U.S. educators believe that social and emotional learning (SEL) improves student outcomes and school climate. They agree that students should develop and apply skills like managing emotions and setting and achieving positive goals. But teachers tend to assign greater importance to SEL skills than principals.

  • A principal meeting with teachers, photo by Claire Holt/The Wallace Foundation

    Report

    Principal Pipelines Benefit Students and Reduce Principal Turnover

    Apr 8, 2019

    Six urban districts implemented principal pipelines, a strategic approach to the hiring, preparation, evaluation, and support of school leaders. The efforts were feasible, affordable, and effective. The schools not only outperformed comparison schools in both math and reading, but they also improved principal retention.

  • Workers greeting each other at a drilling site

    Research Brief

    Educators and Employers Could Align Efforts to Fill STEM Jobs

    Feb 7, 2019

    Middle-skills STEM workers are in high demand in the oil and natural gas industry, but they need the proper training and credentials. Better collaboration between employers and colleges could bridge the gap between the skills and knowledge employers seek and what instructors emphasize.

  • A teacher trying to resolve a conflict between two elementary students

    Report

    Are Educators Setting Goals for Social-Emotional Learning?

    Jan 17, 2019

    Evidence shows that social and emotional skills predict long-term life outcomes of students. Interventions that improve social and emotional learning (SEL) can also boost academic achievement. Many teachers and principals are setting goals for SEL growth in their schools, but 40 percent of them are not.

  • Workers in a textile factory in Igdir, Turkey, May 20, 2017

    Research Brief

    Win-Win Solutions for Syrian Refugees—and Their Hosts

    Dec 13, 2018

    Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan have generously received the majority of Syrian refugees. Many are working, but their sheer numbers have strained local labor markets, public services, and social harmony. Which policies might help create new economic opportunities for both the refugees and host-nation workers?

View more research

Research Priorities

Education

Labor

Who We Are

RAND Education and Labor researchers draw on deep analytical expertise to deliver findings and recommendations that inform policy decisions.

Meet the team

Connect with Us

Get the Latest in Your Inbox

Have a Question?

Media Inquiries

RAND Education and Labor experts are available to the media on a wide range of topics.

Office of Media Relations
(703) 414-4795
(310) 451-6913
media@rand.org