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Rutgers Bestows One of University’s Highest Honors On NIEER Director; Cited W. Steven Barnett’s excellence, national and international acclaim


December 21, 2006

New Brunswick, NJ — The nationally recognized director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) received one of Rutgers University’s highest honors recently when he was named a Board of Governors Professor.

W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D., Professor of Education Economics and Policy at Rutgers’ Graduate School of Education, who also heads the national early education think tank, received the honor for his excellence in research helping to shape public policy related to the education of some of the nation’s youngest citizens.

“We expect nothing less than excellence from our faculty, and strive to create an academic environment that cannot be matched,” said Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick, indicating that Barnett had exceeded even the extremely high standards expected of him and earned national and international distinction within his discipline.

Barnett’s leadership in the field of early education research has been based on his background in education economics and public policy. His extensive work, particularly his analyses of the costs and benefits of preschool education and the educational opportunities of children in low-income communities, has helped shape public policy on preschool education programs, including New Jersey’s Abbott district preschool programs.

Barnett has published numerous works on the economic and educational benefits of early investments in educational excellence and their implications for education policy, including Lifetime Effects: The High/Scope Perry Preschool study through age 40, Early Care and Education for Children in Poverty: Promises, Programs and Long-Term Results, and The State of Preschool: 2005 State Preschool Yearbook, the third in a series of annual reports profiling state-funded prekindergarten programs in the United States.

Barnett earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan. He and his wife live in Princeton, NJ.