University Profiles

Dr. Robert Kelchen

Robert Kelchen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Higher Education

Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy


Dr. Kelchen's research focuses on financial aid, accountability, and program evaluation in higher education.

Robert Kelchen's research interests focus on higher education finance and accountability policies, including areas such as student financial aid, college rankings, and program evaluation. His teaching interests include financial administration, research methods, institutional research and planning, and organization and governance. His research has recently been published in The Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Education Finance, and Journal of Student Financial Aid. Kelchen’s research and commentary has been covered by outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR, Politico, and Newsweek, in addition to appearances on MSNBC, Al Jazeera America, and KABC radio. His work as the methodologist for Washington Monthly magazine’s annual college rankings recently won an award for best data journalism from the Education Writers Association.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S., Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S., Economics and Finance, Truman State University



Office Phone
(973) 761-9106


Office Location
Room 408
Jubilee Hall


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