Cornell University

Cornell Higher Education Research Institute

273 Ives Faculty Building, 607-255-4424

Ron Ehrenberg 

Ronald G. Ehrenberg, the Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics at Cornell University, is the Director of CHERI. Prior to the creation of CHERI, he served as Cornell's Vice President for Academic Programs, Planning and Budgeting.


CHERI was established in the fall of 1998 to provide a vehicle for interdisciplinary research on higher education. Faculty and administrators affiliated with CHERI come from 5 different Cornell colleges and other academic institutions around the world. CHERI's current research interests include the implications of the growing dispersion of wealth across academic institutions, the growing costs and importance of science to universities, the financial challenges facing public higher education, the changing nature of the faculty, governance in academic institutions, improving PhD programs in the humanities and associated social sciences, improving persistence rates in STEM Field majors, and reducing inequality in access to higher education. Over the years, CHERI has received its core funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and has received supplementary support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Lumina Foundation for Education, and the TIAA-CREF Institute.


November 2014

I have just replaced: "The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship's Effects on PhD Production at Non-UNCF Institutions: An Evaluation" (WP161) by Ronald Ehrenberg, Sarah Prenovitz, Gary Cohen and George Jakubson, with an updated version of the paper.

October 2014

I have just added two new CHERI Working Papers: "The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship's Effects on PhD Production at Non-UNCF Institutions: An Evaluation" (WP161) by Ronald Ehrenberg, Sarah Prenovitz, Gary Cohen and George Jakubson and  "University Endowment Growth: Assessing Policy Proposals" (WP162) by Ross Milton and Ronald Ehrenberg.

July 2014

Cheri Working Paper 160 (WP160), "Coauthors and Collaborations" by Ronald G. Ehrenberg, is now available.

February 2014

"What's the Future of Public Higher Education? A Review Essay on Public No More: A New Path to Excellence for America's Public Universities" by Ronald Ehrenberg is our newest CHERI Working Paper, WP159.

October 2013

I have just added another working by Kevin Kniffin and Andrew Hanks.  This paper is titled: "Boundary Spanning in Academia: Antecedents and Near-Term Consequences of Academic Entrepreneurialism." WP158.

"Revisiting Gladwell's Hockey Players: Influence of Relative Age Effects Upon Earning the PhD" by Kevin Kniffin and Andrew Hanks is our most recent CHERI Working Paper, WP157.

We have just added another paper from Professor Monks as CHERI Working Paper WP156: "Institutional Variation in Enrollment of Low-Income Students: The Role of Prices, Financial Aid Policies and Selectivity".

September 2013

James Monks, from the Department of Economics from the University of Richmond, has contributed the most recent CHERI Working Paper: "Revenue Shares and Monopsonistic Behavior in Intercollegiate Athletics" WP155.

August 2013

"The Other Debt Crisis" by Ronald Ehrenberg and Ross Milton has just been added to the site as Working Paper 154 WP154.

July 2013

Ross Milton and Ronald Ehrenberg have worked together to author CHERI's newest working paper:  "Decomposing the Dispersion of Higher Education Endowments", WP153.

June 2013

Two new working papers have been added to the CHERI website:

"The Lifetime Earnings Premia of Different Majors: Correcting for Selection Based on Cognitive and Noncognitive, and Unobserved Factors" by Douglas Webber.  WP152


"Decomposing the Dispersion of Higher Education Endowments" by Ross Milton and Ronald Ehrenberg. WP 153

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