Robert Kelchen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Higher Education
Department of Education Leadership Management and Policy
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 education finance, research methods, institutional research and planning, and organization and governance. His first book, Higher Education Accountability, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2018. He has articles recently published or forthcoming in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational Researcher, The Journal of Higher Education, and The Review of Higher Education. He is frequently quoted in the media, including The Washington Post, National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Inside Higher Ed, and Politico. Selected as one of the 15 most indispensable academics on Twitter by The Chronicle of Higher Education, he was ranked #54 in the annual Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings of education faculty who are influential in policy discussions, and was the top-ranked assistant professor on the list.
- Ph.D., Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- M.S., Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- B.S., Economics and Finance, Truman State University
- "Higher Education Accountability" Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.
- "The Costs and Consequences of Excess Credit Hours" Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2017.
- "Institutional Accountability: A Comparison of the Predictors of Student Loan Repayment and Default Rates" The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 671, 202-223, 2017.
- "The Costs of College Attendance: Examining Variation and Consistency in Institutional Living Cost Allowances" The Journal of Higher Education, 88(6),947-971, 2017.
- "The Distributional and Cost Implications of Negative Expected Family Contributions" Journal of Student Financial Aid, 47(1), 4-24, 2017.
- "Federal Mechanisms for Improving College Match: Information, Aid, and Accountability"
P. 179-198 in Matching Students to Opportunity: Expanding College Choice, Access, and Quality (Harvard Education Press), 2016.
- "An Analysis of Student Fees: The Roles of States and Institutions"
The Review of Higher Education, 39 (4), 597-619, 2016.
- "Income Inequality in Higher Education: Experimental Evidence on the Impact of Financial Aid on College Completion"
American Journal of Sociology, 121(6), 1762-1817, 2016.
- "Do the Effects of Early Childhood Education Programs Vary by Gender?"
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 36, 521-536, 2016.
- "Who Enrolls in Competency-Based Education? An Examination of the Demographics and Finances of CBE Programs
The Journal of Competency-Based Education, 1(1), 48-59, 2016.
- "Does Performance-Based Funding Affect Colleges' Financial Priorities?"
Journal of Education Finance, 41(3), 302-321, 2016.
- "Student Loans: A Brief History, the Current Landscape, and Impacts on Society"
P. 173-198 in Higher Education and Society (Peter Lang), 2016.