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Education Professor Featured in Wall Street Journal, NPR, MarketWatch and U.S. News & World Report  

Robert Kelchen teaching a class. 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.

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