The Center for Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM) is committed to the highest standards of academic quality and credibility for our research. We do this through a process of internal review and whenever appropriate, the guidance of the CSEM Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee members are chosen based on their openness to different perspectives and their stated interests in evaluating wide-ranging research questions or other issues of concern to CSEM.
Independence of Research
As a university-based research center, CSEM publishes research that meets rigorous standards of scholarship and seeks to ensure non-partisan data-driven research. CSEM is part of Winston-Salem State University, and as such it honors the tradition of academic independence on the part of its faculty and scholars. Neither WSSU nor CSEM take partisan positions, but the individual members are free to speak their minds and express their opinions regarding important issues.
Conflicts of Interest
If individuals and institutions engaged with or contributing to CSEM projects have interests that have, or may be seen to have, the potential to conflict with the individual’s or institutions’ work for CSEM, the individual or institution must disclose that interest to CSEM and take whatever action is required to avoid the conflict. Failure to do so may result in removal from CSEM.
Seven underlying principles provide foundation for the mission of CSEM research:
- Assume individuals are motivated to improve their lives;
- Explore the various impediments to upward economic mobility in Forsyth County and beyond;
- Examine solutions that emphasize long time frames, with individuals in charge;
- Present stories of real people behind the statistics;
- Conduct independent and non-partisan data-driven research;
- Foster creative, innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to research; and
- Promote research that has the potential to have real-world impact, with win-win-win ideas for business, individuals, and government.