Professor of Higher Education Robert Kelchen, Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy, was recently featured in more than 20 articles and opinion pieces in media across the nation.
Kelchen is frequently quoted by journalists and policymakers on his own research as well as key state and national higher education issues. Perhaps his most asked about research concerns trends in rising student fees at public universities, just discussed in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, was originally published in the Review of Higher Education in 2016, and recently updated to illustrate data on the student fees at public four-year institutions for in-state students looking at 2000-01 through the 2016-17 academic year.
"The increase in fees is particularly important in conversations about free public college. Many of the policy proposals for free public higher education (such as the Excelsior Scholarship in New York) only cover tuition – and thus give states an incentive to encourage colleges to increase their fees while holding a line on tuition," explained Kelchen.
"It's also unclear whether students and their families look at fees in the college search process in the same way they look at tuition, meaning that growing fees could surprise students when the first bills comes due. More research needs to be done on how students and their families perceive fees," said Kelchen.
Other research he has explored includes analysis of new data on student loan defaults, new data of graduation rates for Pell Grant recipients, and higher education provision in the new tax bill.
Kelchen also has discussed draft legislation introduced by the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, Higher Education Act Reauthorization Bill, to significantly overhaul the Higher Education Act, including federal government student aid programs, easing federal requirements particularly for-profit schools and prohibiting a federal college ratings system as well as prohibiting the Secretary of Education from creating regulations. Congress would be in charge of such authorizations. As Kelchen told Politico, "It's Congress trying to take its authority over higher education back."
Chronicle of Higher Education ran Kelchen's related quote in a tweet, referred to him as an expert in this field.
- "LSU's 'Lazy River' and the Student-Fee Sham." Naomi Schaefer Riley, The Wall Street Journal, December 15, 2017.
- "Marketplace Morning Report." Kimberly Adams, Marketplace (aired on NPR stations nationwide), December 15, 2017.
- "Colleges Offer Campus Programs for Low-Income Students." Farran Powell, U.S. News & World Report, December 11, 2017.
- "Reversal on Graduate Lending." Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed, December 11, 2017.
- "Texas Colleges, Universities Brace for Hard Changes." Lindsay Ellis, Houston Chronicle, December 10, 2017.
- "Republican Proposal Could Create Bigger Role for Private Industry in Higher Education." Jillian Berman, MarketWatch, December 4, 2017.
- "The Syllabus: Higher Ed is Very, Very Nervous." John Newsom, Greensboro (NC) News & Record, December 4, 2017.
- "House GOP Takes First Step in Rewriting Higher Education Act." Benjamin Wermund, Politico, December 4, 2017.
- "Higher Education Act Proposal Primes Fight Over Future of Colleges." Douglas Belkin and Melissa Korn, The Wall Street Journal, December 2, 2017.
- "GOP Higher Ed Plan Would End Student Loan Forgiveness in Repayment Program, Overhaul Federal Financial Aid." Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post, December 1, 2017.
- "Grad Students Protest GOP’s Tax Hike and Prepare to Fight About Tuition." Rachel Becker, The Verge, December 1, 2017.
- "Read House Republicans' Bill That Would Bring Sweeping Changes to Higher Ed." Adam Harris, The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 1, 2017.
- "GOP Tax Plan Could Hit Students Hard." Michelle Hackman, The Wall Street Journal, November 30, 2017.
- "The Real Meaning Behind High Loan Default Rates Among Black Students—Another Kind of College Mismatch." Naomi Schaefer Riley, The Los Angeles Times, November 29, 2017.
- "GOP Bill Would Force Students Who Don’t Graduate to Repay Pell Grants." Adam Harris, The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 17, 2017.
- "What Will the Trump Era Mean for For-Profit Schools?" Natalie Gross, Military Times, November 15, 2017.
- "A Raw Deal from Betsy DeVos." The Editors, Bloomberg, November 14, 2017.
- "The Republican Tax Plan Could Financially Devastate Graduate Students." Rachel Becker, The Verge, November 7, 2017.
- "The GOP Tax Bill Could Be a Disaster for PhD Students." Jen Kirby, Vox, November 7, 2017.
- "Federal Data Shows 3.9 Million Students Dropped Out of College With Debt in 2015 and 2016." Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report, November 6, 2017.
- "Students: Even If You Don't Support Campus Groups, You Are Paying for Them." Morgan Schmidt and Jerice Boston, Baltimore Watchdog, November 4, 2017.
- "Are You First Gen? Depends on Who's Asking?" Rochelle Sharpe, The New York Times, November 3, 2017.
- "Should College Students Have to Pay Fees That Go to Groups They Don't Support?" Jon Marcus, The Washington Post, October 29, 2017.