Institute integrates with University, focuses on education inequality research
Loeb’s appointment followed a 2017 University review of the institute, which resulted in the University’s decision to shift Annenberg’s focus away from school reform and community mobilization and toward educational inequality research, said Provost Richard Locke P’18. Warren Simmons, the former executive director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, as well as four former Annenberg staff members told The Herald they did not support the University’s decision to shift the institute’s focus, The Herald previously reported.
The University’s “core competence is research and teaching, not capacity building for community groups,” Locke said. He chaired the 2017 review committee made up of “faculty, senior University administrators and Annenberg Institute staff,” according to the committee’s executive summary.. The institute’s new focus will allow it to “build stronger intellectual ties with academic departments” and University groups than before, Locke said.