News and Events


How do people go from raw opinion to judgment?
A short video on the public opinion learning curve by Dan Yankelovich.

How big should our government be?
A new book by Lane Kenworthy and coauthors.

New high school completion standards that aim to increase college entry have mixed effects
With funding from the Yankelovich Center, Julian Betts and colleagues have examined the impact of new San Diego Unified School District criteria for high school graduation. Their study concluded that a larger share of the district's students are completing high school with the qualifications needed for admission to a California public university, but graduation rates have decreased among African Americans, Latinos, and students whose parents had no college.

Are we entering an era of dysfunction in American government? If so, can it be stopped?
That was the theme of the Southern California Law and Social Science Forum, held at UC San Diego on March 18, 2016, co-sponsored by the Yankelovich Center.

Expanding access to a college degree
Two early recipients of seed funding from the Yankelovich Center were Alan Daly in Education Studies and Mica Pollock and Susan Yonezawa of the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE). They have now brought their research together and have partnered with the Gates Foundation to create the San Diego Math Network to try to improve student performance in four of San Diego's largest school districts. The researchers discovered that understanding of fractions is a key stumbling block for many students from poverty backgrounds, which makes it difficult for these students to catch up. Their intervention focuses on development and sharing of practical teaching tools for mastering fractions in elementary and middle school.

Opportunity and upward mobility in the legal profession
Ten African American judges in San Diego county discussed their origins and route to the bench in a forum, "Achieving Judicial Diversity," on Feb 16, 2016. The Yankelovich Center co-sponsored the event, part of the Judicial Justice Speaker Series and Black History Month.

Yankelovich Center retreat
The Center held its third annual faculty retreat on January 22, 2016.

Upward mobility commission
The Yankelovich Center has initiated the formation of a two-year commission to examine strategies for increasing upward mobility in America.

Inequality symposium
In October 2015 the Center co-sponsored a one-day conference on inequality and a discussion with Thomas Piketty on his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

New book by Dan Yankelovich
Center founder Daniel Yankelovich's latest book is Wicked Problems, Workable Solutions: Lessons From a Public Life.

Foreclosed America
That's the title of a new book coauthored by Isaac Martin, professor of sociology and a member of the Yankelovich Center's executive committee.

The man who helped shape communication
Professor Emeritus Michael Cole, a Yankelovich Center grantee, is an exemplary advocate of the Department of Communication's most distinctive values.

To research and serve
Psychology professor and alumnus John Wixted discusses using education and expertise to serve the community. One of Wixted's research projects is supported by the Center.

A window into the social workings of schools
Education Studies' Alan Daly, a Yankelovich Center grantee, and a team of scholars offer a provocative and fascinating exploration of how social networks in schools affect education reform.