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The Wall Street Journal--"Can You Measure the American Dream?"

Monday, November 25, 2013

Three professors in Ohio have created a new index to capture something that seems subjective, highly relative and maybe even mythical: The American Dream.

Albuquerque Business First--"New Mexicans Have High Hopes About Achieving Dreams"

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New Mexico ranked in second in a recent Xavier University study that ranks residents’ sentiment toward achieving the American dream.

Times Free Press--"The Pursuit of Happiness Lives on at a Chattanooga Bus Stop"

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

On a muggy Friday afternoon, a dozen people waited at a Chattanooga bus stop. They know they don't have the conventional American Dream, and say that's OK. In fact, that decades-old American Dream -- owning a home, owning a car, upward mobility -- isn't as deeply entrenched in the American psyche as it was at the turn of the century. But the bus riders aren't looking for a big house, white picket fence and two kids. Their American Dreams are fiercely personal, and boldly optimistic.

Idaho Statesman - "Reader's View, American civics: Being an effective citizen requires knowledge"

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Early last year USA Today reported on some amazing - and shocking - research done at Xavier University in Ohio. The Xavier Center for the Study of the American Dream polled more than a thousand Americans on their understanding of civics - the real basics of American government, including institutions such as the Congress and the presidency.

JWT Intelligence -- "Q&A Michael Ford, founding director, Center for the Study of the American Dream"

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

In researching our September trend report, “American Dream in the Balance,” we spoke with Michael Ford, founding director of the Center for the Study of the American Dream at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Prior to founding the center, Ford spent nearly 40 years in government, politics and corporate work, serving in nine presidential campaigns and many other gubernatorial, congressional and mayoralty races. Ford discussed the emotional foundations of the Dream and why it endures...

Business Courier -- "Xavier study: Trust in government, business on the rise"

Monday, October 1, 2012

Xavier University’s monthly American Dream Composite Index rose 0.1 percent in September to 64.16. However, that marked its third-highest reading in the last 12 months. It climbed from 64.12 in August. The American Dream Societal Index posted the biggest gain of the broader index’s five components, rising 0.9 percent. It measures how fair and trustworthy people view government, business and other people...

Xavier Newswire -- "Forty Days and Counting, Xavier Heating Up Politically"

Sunday, September 30, 2012

With a mere 40 days left until Election Day, the political temperature at Xavier University is rising. Political Science Club, the Center for the Study of the American Dream, College Democrats and College Republicans are active as ever, attempting to engage and educate the local electorate on and off campus. Political Science Club, under the leadership of seniors Chelsea Rodstrom and Kailyn McGowan, are planning viewing parties for the large presidential debates...

Wake Forest University -- "Rekindling the American Dream"

Friday, September 28, 2012

Rekindling the American Dream is a one-day symposium jointly sponsored by the Departments of Music and of Politics and International Affairs, and made possible by a grant from the Office of the Provost. Conceived and organized by Worrell Professor David Coates and Senior Lecturer in Music, Patricia Dixon, the symposium aims to contribute to an informed public debate ahead of the November elections...

The Catholic Beat -- "First Winners Announced for New Immigration Essay Contest"

Friday, September 28, 2012

The first winners of what is to be an annual junior high and high school essay contest on immigration were announced this month at the Hispanic Heritage Gala at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Six local students of various ethnic backgrounds were the winners. Students from more than 30 schools and more than 20 ethnic backgrounds submitted essays on the topic of “how the immigrant experience has touched their lives and how Cincinnati should integrate new immigrants.”...

Xavier Magazine -- Dream Analysis

Thursday, September 27, 2012

As the founding director of Xavier’s Center for the Study of the American Dream, Ford has spent more time and effort gauging the attitudes and opinions of the public on this particular topic than many politicians. With the help of his staff and students, Ford has discovered that most people share a common, basic definition of what the Dream means, even though it can manifest itself in different ways...

Xavier Magazine -- Taking the Pulse on the American Dream

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Here’s a challenge. How do you document a subject of national importance that people see all over the news, but rarely ever think about? It’s a question Kat Ryder and her student interns are answering with the Permanent American Dream Video Archive, a project of the Center for the Study of the American Dream. The archive supplements the Center’s aggregate surveys and research by offering a glimpse of how individuals perceive the American Dream...

Xavier Magazine -- Dream Course

Thursday, September 27, 2012

But the Dream is looking a little frayed of late. With globalization, polarized politics and the anemic economy, Americans are beginning to doubt the promise of hope that the American Dream has always represented. Just ask Roger Fortin. After 47 years at Xavier as a professor, an administrator and, most recently, as academic vice president and provost, Fortin is taking on a new role, making the American Dream his specialty. Beginning this fall, he is becoming the executive director...

JWT Intelligence -- "September trend report examines evolving American Dream"

Monday, September 24, 2012

Since the phrase was coined more than 80 years ago, “the American Dream” has proved an enduring concept. At the Democratic National Convention, for instance, the first lady declared that Barack Obama “knows the American Dream because he’s lived it.” But what does “living it” mean in 2012, especially for those who don’t aspire to the presidency?...

Lakota East High School -- "Lakota East: Winner of Immigration Essay Contest"

Monday, September 17, 2012

On Friday, Sept. 14, winners of a student essay contest on the theme of immigration were announced. Xavier University's Office of Interfaith Community Engagement and Center for the Study of the American Dream created the contest as part of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's follow-up on the booklet, Cincinnati: A City of Immigrants. Ingber served on the committee that created the booklet and Xavier was a lead sponsor. More than 30 junior and senior high schools participated...

Xavier University -- "Winners of Immigration Essay Contest Announced"

Monday, September 17, 2012

Friday, Sept. 14 at 8:00 pm, winners of a student essay contest on the theme of immigration were announced. Xavier University’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement (Rabbi Abie Ingber, founding director) and Center for the Study of the American Dream (Michael Ford, founding director) created the contest as part of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s follow-up on the booklet, Cincinnati: A City of Immigrants...

St. Joseph News-Press -- "Is the American Dream gone?"

Saturday, September 1, 2012

That spoke to the fortitude and optimism of the American people, said Michael Ford, founding director of the Center for the Study of the American Dream at Xavier University. “That’s important, because what we have learned is that the state of the economy is different than the state of the American Dream,” he said. After 35 years in politics and the corporate world, Mr. Ford founded the center five years ago. Researchers do public surveys, give civics literacy tests and other methods to gauge...

The Tennessean -- "Parents have responsibility to teach kids citizenship"

Monday, July 30, 2012

But young people aren’t the nation’s only civics slackers. A recent survey by Xavier University’s Center for the Study of the American Dream found that one in three native-born citizens failed the civics portion of the naturalization test, in stark contrast to the 97.5 percent of immigrants applying for citizenship who passed it. Native-born citizens do especially poorly on questions about the U.S. Constitution and the governmental, legal and political structure of American democracy...

ChicagoNow.com -- "Ode To The Post-It Note"

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tomorrow is a big day for me. I am humbled, honored, and most of all, grateful because I have been asked to participate in Xavier University's 'American Dream Project'. Here is a link if you have not heard of it: http://www.xavier.edu/americandream/. I will be interviewed on video, and will be sharing short stories about my life both personally and professionally...

National Education Association -- "Making Civics Education a Priority"

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Are you smarter about America than an immigrant? When it comes to civics, maybe not. When Xavier University’s Center for the Study of the American Dream asked native-born residents to answer questions from the U.S. naturalization test earlier this year, one in three flunked the test. Less than 3 percent of immigrants applying for citizenship failed...

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette -- "I pledge ignorance to the Republic..."

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Are you smarter about America than an immigrant? When it comes to civics, maybe not. When Xavier University’s Center for the Study of the American Dream asked native-born residents to answer questions from the U.S. naturalization test earlier this year, one in three flunked the test. Less than 3 percent of immigrants applying for citizenship failed...

American Society of Employers -- "Quiz Question--Naming the 12th U.S. President"

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Given the national discourse of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, a national survey from Xavier University's Center for the Study of the American Dream reveals 33% of native-born citizens failed the civics portion of the naturalization test, in stark contrast to the 97.5% pass rate among immigrants applying for citizenship. Passing means answering six out of 10 questions correctly. If the pass rate were seven out of 10, 50% of native-born Americans would fail...

The Pappas Post -- "Why it pays for Greeks to know more about politics than Americans"

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Chicago Tribune recently reported that most Americans don't know the three branches of government. They don't even know the name of the person representing them in Congress. In fact, a third of native-born Americans (an estimated 268 million) couldn’t pass the nation’s citizenship test, according to the findings of a new survey by Xavier University’s Center for the American Dream...

The Scranton Times Tribune -- "Give nation civics lesson for birthday"

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Center for the American Dream at Xavier University recently conducted a survey, asking native-born Americans any 10 of a group of 99 questions on the civics portion of the naturalization test taken by immigrants. Whereas 97.5 percent of immigrants achieved a passing grade of 60 percent, only 65 percent of citizens born here passed. If the passing grade had been 70, the Xavier researchers reported, only 50 percent of the natives would have passed...