Young African-Americans from some of the country’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods are drawn to for-profit post-secondary trade schools, believing they are the quickest route to jobs. But a new study co-authored by a Johns Hopkins University sociologist finds the very thing that makes for-profit schools seem so appealing — a streamlined curriculum — is the reason so many poor students drop out.
Recent news from The Johns Hopkins University
This section contains regularly updated highlights of the news from around The Johns Hopkins University. Links to the complete news reports from the nine schools, the Applied Physics Laboratory and other centers and institutes are to the left, as are links to help news media contact the Johns Hopkins communications offices.
Four Johns Hopkins University faculty members are among the new scholars elected to the National Academy of Sciences today in recognition of their “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.”
May 3, 2016 Tags: Andrew J. Cherlin, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Geraldine Seydoux, Johns Hopkins University, Kenneth W. Kinzler, National Academy of Sciences, sociology, Sydney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Timothy M. Heckman
| Category: Medicine and Nursing, Natural Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Social Sciences
Three Johns Hopkins University researchers whose 2014 book traced the lives of nearly 800 Baltimore City public school students for a quarter of a century have won the prestigious $100,000 Grawemeyer Award in Education.
Contrary to assumptions that disadvantaged neighborhoods trap children in failing schools, a Johns Hopkins University sociologist has found the opposite to be true: as a neighborhood’s income decreases, its range of educational experiences greatly expands.
September 2, 2015 Tags: high school, Johns Hopkins University, Julia Burdick-Will, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, school choice, sociology, urban issues
| Category: Education/K-12, Homewood Campus News, Social Sciences
Waiting until marriage to have babies is now “unusual” among less educated adults close to 30 years old, Johns Hopkins University researchers found.
It’s long been accepted – with little science to back it up – that people should spend roughly a third of their income on housing. It turns out, that’s about how much a low-income family should spend to optimize their children’s brainpower.
In a ground-breaking study, Johns Hopkins University researchers followed nearly 800 Baltimore school children for a quarter of a century, and discovered that their fates were substantially determined by the family they were born into.
In a report published in the new issue of the journal Urban Studies, Johns Hopkins University sociologist Meredith Greif found that while homeownership can spark feelings of pride in people of any race, it’s more meaningful for minorities. But, because blacks and Latinos buy more homes in disadvantaged communities and are less likely to able to move, they ultimately tend to feel dissatisfied with their community — and potentially their purchase.
For the working poor, making housing decisions based on the old real estate adage “location, location, location” is complicated: Should a family choose cramped quarters in a safer but more expensive neighborhood, or would it be better to have a bigger apartment where rent is low but crime rates are high? When faced with difficulties finding affordable housing to accommodate their families, 124 mothers and grandmothers in Baltimore participating in a housing study often opted for a bigger apartment in a less desirable location because extra bedrooms would mean higher rental rates in safer neighborhoods in the city or surrounding counties, according to sociologists at The Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University Chicago.
Children of immigrants are outperforming children whose family trees have deeper roots in the United States, learning more in school and then making smoother transitions into adulthood, according to sociologists at The Johns Hopkins University.
This month, thousands of college graduates are walking across the stage to shake hands, smile for the camera, and pick up their diplomas. Many of those newly minted American college graduates are moving out of their dorm rooms and back into their childhood bedrooms, according to Johns Hopkins University sociologist Katherine Newman, author of “The Accordion Family: Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents, and the Private Toll of Global Competition” (Beacon Press, January 2012).