Dr. Chen's research focuses on education policy, college access, educational equity, & international higher education.
Rong Chen teaches courses related to public policy in higher education, research design, statistical methods and survey analysis. Her major research interest areas focus on education policy, finance of higher education, college access, choice and degree attainment, educational equity and international higher education. Chen’s recent research projects include studies of the impact of federal financial aid and state finance on education opportunity, role of institutions in improving college student degree attainment, undergraduate debt burden and its impact on post-college outcomes and internationalization of the American faculty. She has published articles in Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education and Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research.
Chen earned her doctorate in higher education from the University of Michigan, and previously served as a faculty member at Beijing International Study University in China. Chen has received research grants from the American Educational Research Association (AERA)/Association for Institutional Research (AIR), and has been selected as a National Academy of Education (NAE)/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. She serves on the editorial board of Research in Higher Education.
- Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2007
- M.A., University of Michigan 2003
- Research Grant from American Educational Research Association (AERA)/ National Science Foundation (NSF)/ National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Co-PI: Peter R. Bahr. 2012-2014
- National Academy of Education (NAE)/ Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011-2013
- Summer Stipend and Research grant award, University Research Council (URC), Seton Hall University, 2011
- Research Grant from the Association for Institutional Research (AIR)/ National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC), 2010-2011
- Summer Stipend and Research grant award, University Research Council, Seton Hall University, 2009
- Dissertation Grant from American Educational Research Association (AERA)/ National Science Foundation (NSF)/ National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 2005-2006
- Dissertation Fellowship from the Association for Institutional Research (AIR)/ National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC), 2005-2006
- Researcher of the Year, Seton Hall University College of Education and Human Services, 2013
- Provost’s Faculty Scholarship Award, Seton Hall University, 2010
- Provost’s Faculty Scholarship Award, Seton Hall University, 2009
- The Stanley E. and Ruth B. Dimond Best Dissertation Award, School of Education, University of Michigan, 2008
- Barbour Scholar, University of Michigan, 2004-2005
- Understanding the determinants of debt burden among college graduates
Journal of Higher Education, 85(4), 565-598,
- The American faculty in an age of globalization: Predictors of internationalization of work content and professional networks.
Higher Education. Springer. 66(3):325-340.,
- Institutional characteristics and college student dropout risks: A multilevel event history analysis
Research in Higher Education, 53(5), 487-505,
- State Financial Policies and Student Persistence at First Institutions: A National Study
Journal of Higher Education, 82(5), 629- 660,
- Investigating the Impact of Financial Aid on Student Dropout Risks: Racial and Ethnic Differences
Journal of Higher Education, 81(2), 179-208.,
- Access to higher education in China: Transition to mass higher education (book chapter)
In E. St. John (Ed.), "Globalization and Social Justice", AMS Press, Inc.,
- The Internationalization of the American Faculty (book chapter)
In Masayo Daikoku & Futao Hunag (Eds.), "The Changing Academic Profession", 1992-2007, International Comparative & Quantitative Perspectives, J.P. Hiroshima, The Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University,