Morrison Institute for Public Policy is a leader in examining critical Arizona and regional issues, and is a catalyst for public dialogue. An Arizona State University resource, Morrison Institute is an independent center that uses nonpartisan research and communication outreach to help improve the state's quality of life.

Morrison Institute is part of the College of Public Programs in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. Additional publications are available at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Date range of repository publications is 1992 – 2015.

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ContributorsHart, William (Author) / Morrison Institute for Public Policy (Publisher)
Created2013-01
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The Arizona Republic reported on a Jan. 10 panel discussion regarding Arizona's vulnerable giant data system called the Student Accountability Information System, or SAIS: Arizona's superintendent of schools, John Huppenthal, says the state's K-12 data system is on the "verge of collapse" and is seeking $35 million in state funding

The Arizona Republic reported on a Jan. 10 panel discussion regarding Arizona's vulnerable giant data system called the Student Accountability Information System, or SAIS: Arizona's superintendent of schools, John Huppenthal, says the state's K-12 data system is on the "verge of collapse" and is seeking $35 million in state funding over the next two years to fix and improve outdated systems. "We figure we have 200 people in the department who are essentially full-time data wranglers," Huppenthal said. "It's like monks in the medieval ages copying stuff on paper." The state's K-12 data system was the focus of a panel discussion sponsored by Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy. The nonpartisan research group released a report the same day calling the data system "antiquated" and "patched together." The report said the lack of a fully functioning system hampers the state's efforts to improve academic performance.

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ContributorsWestern, Ken (Author) / Morfessis, Ioanna (Consultant to a project) / Morrison Institute for Public Policy (Publisher) / Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (Funder) / Arizona Indicators (Project) (Publisher)
Created2012-11
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Arizona faces some big challenges if it is to compete regionally, nationally and globally for the cutting-edge jobs that will help determine our economic future. As hard as state and community leaders are working, the report suggests that Arizona needs even more participation in economic development leadership, more collaboration among

Arizona faces some big challenges if it is to compete regionally, nationally and globally for the cutting-edge jobs that will help determine our economic future. As hard as state and community leaders are working, the report suggests that Arizona needs even more participation in economic development leadership, more collaboration among economic development groups and a greater sense of urgency. This report identifies a number of important issues that are key to advancing economic development in Arizona.

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Created2012-10
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Both the effect of climate change on our future water supply and the size of the population that will need to share in that supply are uncertainties that water planners must consider when making decisions regarding our future. We have options, but we have to be sure that we use

Both the effect of climate change on our future water supply and the size of the population that will need to share in that supply are uncertainties that water planners must consider when making decisions regarding our future. We have options, but we have to be sure that we use water efficiently to meet our urban, agricultural, and environmental needs. This Policy Points offers a clear, succinct overview of the status of Arizona’s water supply and what the current drought really means for water availability.

ContributorsGoddard, Terry (Author) / Morrison Institute for Public Policy (Publisher)
Created2012-09
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Examines the effectiveness of traditional border enforcement methods, and recommends new approaches of using technology and intelligence as tools to a larger and innovative strategy to secure the border against human smuggling, illegal drugs and cartel violence.

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ContributorsPowers, Jeanne M. (Author) / Morrison Institute for Public Policy (Publisher)
Created2012-09-17
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Students with AP credit are often able to skip general studies courses and take courses related to their majors earlier in their college careers than students without AP credits. Recent federal and state policies have been aimed at expanding students’ access to AP courses. In this brief, we examine students’

Students with AP credit are often able to skip general studies courses and take courses related to their majors earlier in their college careers than students without AP credits. Recent federal and state policies have been aimed at expanding students’ access to AP courses. In this brief, we examine students’ access, participation, and success in AP courses in Arizona’s public high schools.

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Created2012-08
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"Arizona's Emerging Latino Vote" uses demographics and other data to project a change in Arizona's political landscape due to the younger Latino population coming of voter age. With Latinos largely voting Democratic, Arizona could possibly change from a "red state" to a "blue state" by 2030, according to the report.

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ContributorsHart, William (Author) / Hager, C.J. Eisenbarth (Author) / Clark-Johnson, Sue (Contributor) / Daugherty, David B. (Contributor) / Rex, Tom R. (Contributor) / Hedberg, Eric (Contributor) / Garcia, Joseph (Contributor) / Edwards, Erica (Contributor) / Whitsett, Andrea (Contributor) / West, Joe (Contributor) / Totura, Christine (Contributor) / Morrison Institute for Public Policy (Publisher)
Created2012-04
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This follow-up to the 2001 landmark report, "Five Shoes Waiting to Drop on Arizona's Future," focuses on the projected future of the state if Arizona fails to address its Latino educational attainment gap. The publication is more of an economic impact statement than an education report, with indicators pointing out

This follow-up to the 2001 landmark report, "Five Shoes Waiting to Drop on Arizona's Future," focuses on the projected future of the state if Arizona fails to address its Latino educational attainment gap. The publication is more of an economic impact statement than an education report, with indicators pointing out consequences and contributions, depending on action or inaction in closing the gap of Arizona's future workforce.

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Created1996-07
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Between May and July of 1996, members of the council were asked to participate in a series of interviews. The primary purpose of the interviews was to elicit council members' views of and expectations for Arizona's STW initiative. A second reason was to clarify the mission of the council itself.

Between May and July of 1996, members of the council were asked to participate in a series of interviews. The primary purpose of the interviews was to elicit council members' views of and expectations for Arizona's STW initiative. A second reason was to clarify the mission of the council itself. This paper highlights salient points from the interviews. Quotes are used verbatim.

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ContributorsGarcia, Joseph (Author) / Morrison Institute for Public Policy (Publisher)
Created2011-08
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The state's decreasing funding in tourism is brought into question as research and data note that the investment more than pays for itself, but also can help fund schools, health care, road projects, law enforcement and other state programs.

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ContributorsTotura, Christine (Author) / Morrison Institute for Public Policy (Publisher)
Created2011-07
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Examines the reasons why, despite an abundance of prevention research and programming, the pervasiveness of bullying and victimization among youth in Arizona and across the nation remains a major concern on school campuses.