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Previous Announcements

2012

November

"Is The Golden Age of the Private Research University Over?" by Ronald Ehrenberg is the newest working paper posted to the Working Papers page. CHERI Working Paper 151.

October

I have just added CHERI Working Paper 150, CHERI WP 150, by James Monks, "The Role of Tuition, Financial Aid Policies, and Student Outcomes on Average Student Debt" to the Working Papers section of this site.

September

In April and May of 2012, CHERI conducted a web- based survey of faculty members we had identified who were serving on, or had served on, boards of trustees of academic institutions to learn about their experiences as trustees.  In the Survey section of this site you can find the survey questionnaire as well as the CHERI Working Paper 149 that summarizes what we learned from our study.

Just added, CHERI WP 148 by Richard Romano: Are Cost Conscious Community Colleges Sacrificing Quality?

April

"The Determinants of Electronic Textbook Usage Among College Students" is the newest CHERI Working Paper, CHERI WP 147, authored by Jon Miller, Andrew Nutting and Lori Baker-Eveleth.

February

The 2011 Survey on Differential Tuition at Public Academic Institutions has just been added to the Survey page of this website.

January

The latest contribution to the CHERI Working Papers series is a paper written by Jeffery Groen of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics titled "Time to the Doctorate and Labor Demand for New PhD Recipients", CHERI WP 146.

2011

December

There have been two new working papers added this month, both written by Ronald Ehrenberg. Independent Colleges and Universities in a Time of Transition which will be presented at an invited plenary session address at the Council of Independent Colleges 2012 Presidential Institute, Marco Island, Florida, January 5, 2012 is CHERI Working Paper 144 CHERI WP 144, and American Law Schools in a Time of Transition which will be be presented at a "Presidential Session" at the January 2012 Association of American Law Schools' annual meeting in Washington DC is CHERI Working Paper 145; CHERI WP 145.

November

The Cornell Higher Education Research Institute notes with great sadness the death of Ph.D. student, Ken Whelan on November 5, 2011. Ken was an active member of our research group and had already coauthored one working paper. He was a bright and involved student. He will be missed by all of us.

October

Working Paper 143 has just been added to the CHERI Working Papers section. Author Richard Romano has written "Looking Behind Community College Budgets for Future Policy Considerations" - CHERI WP 143.

August

Two former CHERI students: Joyce Main, now a Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Engineering Education, Purdue University and Ben Ost, now Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago, have written CHERI's newest working paper "The Impact of Letter Grades on Student Course Selection and Major Choices: Evidence from a Regression-Discontinuity Design" - CHERI WP 142.

"American Higher Education in Transition" by Ronald G. Ehrenberg is the newest CHERI Working Paper - CHERI WP 141.

May

Cornell Graduate student, Douglas A. Webber investigates "Expenditures and Postsecondary Graduation: An Investigation Using Individual-Level Data from the State of Ohio" - CHERI WP 140.

January

Ronald Ehrenberg has teamed up with Kevin Hallock, Ronald Seeber, and Kenneth Whelan to write the most recent CHERI Working Paper: "The Cornell Staff Retirement Incentive Program" - CHERI WP 139.

2010

December

Organizing to Organize: The case of a successful long-haul campaign for collective bargaining rights by Kevin Kniffin has just been added as Working Paper 138 - CHERI WP 138.

November

Working Paper 116 CHERI WP116, Using the Community College to Control College Costs: How Much Cheaper Is It? by Richard Romano, has just been updated and reposed.

October

The latest Working Paper to be added to this site is Governor's Choice: Gender Composition of Trustee Boards at Public Universities by Mirinda Martin as CHERI Working Paper 137 - CHERI WP 137.

September

I have just added The Impact of Class Size and Number of Students on Outcomes in Higher Education by James Monks and Robert Schmidt as CHERI Working Paper 136 - CHERI WP 136.

On March 25th and 26th, CHERI hosted the "Analyzing the Factors That Influence Persistence Rates in STEM Field Majors" Sloan Working Conference.

August

Measuring the Cost of a College Degree: A Case Study of a SUNY Community College written by Richard M. Romano, Regina Losing, and Tim Millard, has just been added as CHERI Working Paper 135 - CHERI WP 135.

Working Paper 134 - CHERI WP 134, by Ronald G. Ehrenberg titled Financing and Restructuring Doctoral Education in the Future as just been add to the Working Papers section of this site.

May

A revised version of Working Paper 126 - CHERI WP 126, has just been posted to the 2009 Working Paper section of this site.

CHERI Working Paper 121 - CHERI WP121, "Do Expenditures Other Than Instructional Expenditures Affect Graduation and Persistence Rates in American Higher Education?" by Douglas Webber and Ronald Ehrenberg, has been accepted for publication at the Economics of Education Review.

April

A revised version of Working Paper 127 - CHERI WP 127, has just been posted to the 2009 Working Paper section of this site.

March

Working Paper 133 - CHERI WP133, Rethinking The Professoriate by Ronald Ehrenberg, has just been added to the Working Paper section of this site.

On March 25th and 26th, CHERI hosted the "Analyzing the Factors That Influence Persistence Rates in STEM Field Majors" Sloan Working Conference.

Click below to view video of the Sloan Conference:
- CHERI Working Conference: Day 1- 3/25/10
- CHERI Working Conference: day 2 - 3/26/10


We have just added Attrition in STEM Fields at a Liberal Arts College: The Importance of Grades and Pre-Collegiate as the newest CHERI workingpaper, working paper 132 - CHERI WP132.

Differences in Persistence Patterns Between Life and Physical Science Majors: The Role of Grades, Peers, and Preparation by Ben Ost, has been added as CHERI workingpaper 131 - CHERI WP131

Who Succeeds In Engineering And Other Stem Studies: An Analysis Of Binhanton University undergraduate Students, by Edward L. Kokkelenberg and Esha Sinha, has been added as CHERI working paper 130 - CHERI WP130.

The Effect of Instructor Race and Gender on Student Persistence in STEM Fields by Joshua Price, has been added as CHERI workingpaper 129 - CHERI WP129.

Preferences Persistence of women and minorities in STEM field majors: Is it the school that matters? by Amanda L. Griffith, has been added as CHERI workingpaper 128 - CHERI WP128.

2009

March

Demystifying Endowments CHERI WP118 by Ronald G. Ehrenberg, March 2009 will appear in the Cornell Magazine.

February

A new working paper by Harriet Zuckerman & Ronald G. Ehrenberg titled "Recent trends in funding for the academic humanities & their implications", which originally appeared in the Winter 2009 issue of Daedalusis, is now available CHERI WP117.

January

New survey documenting trends in the gender of board leaders and members was completed in 2008. Please see the article and the brief paper.

Two new working papers are now available on the CHERI website. "The Last lecture" by Ronald G. Ehrenberg CHERI WP115 and "Using the Community College to Control College Costs: How Much Cheaper Is It?" by Richard M. Romano and Yenni M. Djajalaksana CHERI WP116.


2008


September

New working papers for September 2008: "The Efficiency of Private Universities As Measured By Graduation Rates" by Edward Kokkelenberg, Esha Sinha, John D. Porter, and Gary L. Blose CHERI WP113, and "Can we Test for Bias in Scientific Peer-Review?" by Andrew Oswald CHERI WP114.

May

Ronald G. Ehrenberg was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from the State University of New York in May 2008 at Binghamton University.

Matthew Rablens and Andrew Oswald's paper "Mortality and Immortality: The Nobel Prize as an Experiment into the Effect of Status upon Longevity" the newest CHERI working paper. CHERI WP 112.

April

Amanda Goodall is a visiting scholar this semester at Cornell. Her paper "Highly Cited Leaders and the Performance of Research Universities" is the newest CHERI working paper. CHERI WP 111.

"Determinants of Grades, Persistence and Major Choice for Low-Income and Minority Students" by Amanda Griffith, is our newest working paper CHERI WP 110.

January

I have just added Daniel Rees and Kevin Schnepel's paper "College Football Games and Crime" as the newest CHERI working paper. CHERI WP 109

2007

December

"Policy Considerations for Enhancing Student Access and Persistence in a World in Which Tuition Keeps Rising " authored by Ronald G. Ehrenberg; has just been added as a our newest working paper CHERI WP 108.

I have just added C. Kirabo Jackson's paper "A Little Now for a Lot Later: A Look at a Texas Advanced Placement Incentive Program " as a new CHERI working paper, CHERI WP 107.

November

"The Economics of Tuition and Fees in American Higher Education " by Ronald Ehrenberg (forthcoming in the International Encyclopedia of Education, 3rd edition) is our newest working paper CHERI WP 106.

October

Ronald Ehrenberg has received the H.S Warwick Research Award for Outstanding Published Scholarship from the Council for Advancement and Support of Higher Education (CASE) for his edited volume, "What's Happening to Public Higher Education?" (American Council on Education/Greenwood Press, 2006). This volume is an outgrowth of a 2005 CHERI conference and a paperback edition of the volume will be published by the Johns Hopkins University Press this fall. An article regarding this award can be found on the ILR web page: "Ronald Ehrenberg receives research award from international education association."

Science and the University (University of Wisconsin Press, 2007), which was edited by Paula Stephan (Georgia State University) and Ronald Ehrenberg, was featured in an article in the October 24th issue of Insidehighered.com "Science and the University: Editors discuss themes of new collection of essays on the evolving academic research enterprise." This volume is also an outgrowth of a CHERI research conference.

July

Cheri has received a 3-year grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to study the factors that influence persistence rates in STEM (science, technical, engineering, and mathematical) field majors. Researchers from Cornell, Binghamton and Colgate Universities will analyze data from administrative data bases at these universities and from several national longitudinal databases and then make recommendations as to how persistence in STEM field majors can be improved. Nationwide persistence rates in STEM field majors are only about 50% which contributes to concerns about our nation's ability to generate an adequate number of scientists and engineers in the years ahead.

June

I have just added Xiangmin Liu and Liang Zhang's paper "What Determines Employment of Part-Time Faculty in Higher Education Institutions? " as the newest CHERI working paper, CHERI WP 105.

"Diffusion of Common Application Membership and Admissions Outcomes at American Colleges and Universities " authored by Albert Yung-Hsu Liu, Ronald Ehrenberg and Jesenka Mrdjenovic; has just been added as a new working paper, CHERI WP 104.

May

"Faculty Demand in Higher Education " authored by Danielle Rosenthal; has just been added as a new working paper, CHERI WP 103.

Robert Martin, Randy Campbell and Michael Rizzo's paper "The Cost of Crafting a Class: (In)Efficient Financial Aid Allocation at Two Private Colleges " has just been added as a new working paper, CHERI WP 102.

March

"The Impact of Merit Based Financial Aid and Price Illusion on College Enrollment: A Field Experiment " authored by James Monks; has just been added as a new working paper, CHERI WP 101.

"Can't Get Here from There: The Decision to Apply to a Selective Institution " authored by Amanda Griffith and Donna S. Rothstein; has just been added as a new working paper, CHERI WP 100.

During 2006, the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute helped to fund a study Survey of Changes in Faculty Retirement Policies 2007 that was conducted by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) of college and university retirement plans. This survey was especially concerned with early retirement incentive plans, phased retirement plans, and health insurance for retirees. Its findings update a similar study conducted by the AAUP in 2000. Ronald G. Ehrenberg, the Director of CHERI, wrote the report summarizing the findings of the earlier survey and was an advisor to the AAUP committee that conducted the most recent survey.

Ronald Ehrenberg's paper "The Future of Government Financing of Higher Education " has just been added as a new working paper, CHERI WP 99.

2006

November

"Transfer College Quality And Student Performance " authored by Angela Dills and Rey Hernández-Julián; has just been added as a new working paper, CHERI WP 98.

Ronald Ehrenberg is co-author of our newest CHERI working paper: "Faculty Employment and R&D Expenditures at Research Universities", CHERI WP 97, which he co-authored with Liang Zhang.

October

Three new working papers have just been added: " Does a Spouse Slow You Down?: Marriage and Graduate Student Outcomes" by Joseph Price, CHERI WP 94; " Gender Differences In The Response To Competition " by Joseph Price, CHERI WP 95; and " Racial and Gender Differences in the Publishing Success of Graduate Students and Young Academics" by Joseph Price and Joshua Price, CHERI WP 96. I have also added a new link to Cornell's ICCD (Institute for Community College Development) department on the right side of this page.

September

"Money Changes Everything: Funding Shocks and Optimal Admissions and Financial Aid Policies in Higher Education " authored by Matthew G. Nagler; has just been added as a new working paper, CHERI WP 93.

Two new working papers have just been added: "The Graduate Education Initiative: Description and Preliminary Findings " by Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Harriet Zuckerman, Jeffrey Groen, and Sharon M. Brucker, is now working paper number 91, CHERI WP 91 and "Does Public Funding for Higher Education Matter? " by Liang Zhang, is now working paper number 92, CHERI WP 92.

June

The next CHERI Conference "Doctoral Education and the Faculty of the Future" will be held at Cornell on October 8 - 9, 2006. The conference program is now available. Anyone interested in attending the conference should contact Darrie O'Connell at dss7@cornell.edu.

May

Marquise McGraw's paper "Understanding The Racial Disparity In Graduation Rates At A Large Ivy League University " has just been added as a new working paper, CHERI WP 90.

April

"Does It Take an Expert to Lead Experts? An Empirical Study of Business School Deans " authored by Amanda H. Goodall; has just been added as a new working paper, CHERI WP 89.

February

Two new working papers have just been added: "Doctoral Education and Academic Research (in India) " by Arkadev Chatterjea and Satya Priya Moulik, is now working paper number 87, CHERI WP 87 and "The Effects of Class Size on Student Grades at a Public University " by Edward Kokkelenberg, Michael Dillon, and Sean M. Christy, is now working paper number 88, CHERI WP 88.

January

"Program Design and Student Outcomes in Graduate Education " authored by Jeffrey Groen, George Jakubson, Ronald Ehrenberg, Scott Condie, and Albert Yung-Hsu Liu; has just been added as a new working paper, CHERI WP 86.

2005

December

Two new working papers have just been added: "Union and Union Threat Premiums Among Graduate Student Stipends" by Albert Yung-Hsu Liu, is now working paper number 84, CHERI WP 84 and "Key Issues Facing Trustees of National Research Universities In The Decade Ahead" by Ronald Ehrenberg, is now working paper number 85, CHERI WP 85.

I have just added an updated version of working paper number 66 by Andrew Nutting, (CHERI WP 66) "Do Community College Students Benefit When Transferring with Other Transfers?: A Cross-Section Peer Effects Analysis".

"Inside The Black Box of Doctoral Education: What Program Characteristics Influence Doctoral Students' Attrition and Graduation Probabilities? " authored by Ronald Ehrenberg, George Jakubson, Jeffrey Groen, Eric So, and Joseph Price; has just been added as a new working paper, CHERI WP 83.

October

Amanda Goodall's paper "Should Top Universities Be Led By Top Researchers and Are They? " has just been added as a new working paper, CHERI WP 82.

September

I have just added Andrew Nutting's paper "Relative Tuition Levels and the Educational Focus of First-time Fulltime Community College Students" as working paper 81, CHERI WP 81.

James Monk's paper "Title IX Compliance and Preference for Men in College Admissions" has just been added as a new working paper. CHERI WP 80.

Ronald Ehrenberg is the author of our three newest CHERI working papers "The Perfect Storm and the Privatization of Public Higher Education" CHERI WP 77, "The Changing Nature of the Faculty and Faculty Employment Practices" CHERI WP 78 and "Reducing Inequality in Higher Education: Where do We Go From Here?" CHERI WP 79.

Amanda Griffith, our new student affiliate, and Kevin Rask, Professor of Economics at Colgate University, are the authors of one of our newest working papers "The Influence of the U.S. News and World Report Collegiate Rankings on the Matriculation Decision of High-Ability Students: 1995-2004." CHERI WP 76.

July

Joseph Price's paper "Marriage and Graduate Student Outcomes" has just been added as a new working paper, CHERI WP 75.

Alicia Dowd, CHERI's newest faculty associate, is also the author of the two newest CHERI working papers "Equity and Efficiency of Community College Appropriations: The Role of Local Financing" CHERI WP 73 and "Community College Revenue Disparities: What Accounts for an Urban College Deficit?" CHERI WP 74.

Richard Romano is the author of the newest CHERI working paper "If Community College Students Are So Poor Why Do Only 16.9% of Them Receive Pell Grants?" CHERI WP 72.

June

Working paper 71 has just been added to the web site, "Crafting A Class: The Trade Off Between Merit Scholarships and Enrolling Lower-Income Students" forthcoming in the Review of Higher Education. CHERI WP 71.

I have just added an updated version of working paper 60, CHERI WP 60, "Why Do Field Differentials In Average Faculty Salary Vary Across Universities?", which is forthcoming in the Economics of Education Review.

April

Ronald Ehrenberg is the author of the newest CHERI working paper "Going Broke by Degree: A Review Essay", which is forthcoming in the Journal of Labor Research. CHERI WP 70.

Ronald Ehrenberg, Jeffrey Groen, and Mathew Nagowski's paper "Declining PhD Attainment of Graduates of Selective Private Academic Instutions" has just been added as a new working paper. CHERI WP 69.

March

Ronald Ehrenberg is the author of the newest CHERI working paper "The SUNY Tuition Guarantee Proposal" CHERI WP 68.

Edward Kokkelenberg, Michael Dillon, and Sean Christy's paper "The Effects of Class Size on Student Achievement in Higher Education" has just been added as a new working paper. CHERI WP 67.

February

Andrew Nutting's paper "Exposure to Community College Transfers and the Probability of Baccalaureate Receipt; A Peer Effects Analysis" has just been added as a new working paper. CHERI WP 66.

Ronald Ehrenberg's paper "Graduate Education, Innovation and Federal Responsibility" has just been added as a new working paper and is forthcoming in The Communicator. CHERI WP 65.

Liang Zhang's paper "Do Measures of College Quality Matter?: The Effect of College Quality on Graduates' Earnings" has just been added as a new working paper. CHERI WP 64.

Liang Zhang's paper "Crowd Out or Opt Out: The Changing Landscape of Doctorate Production in American Universities" is the newest working paper. CHERI WP 63.

Scott L. Thomas and Liang Zhang's paper "Post-Baccalaureate Wage Growth within Four Years of Graduation: The Effects of College Quality and College Major" is another of the newest working paper. CHERI WP 62.

January

Two new working papers have just been added: "Why Do Field Differentials In Average Faculty Salary Vary Across Universities? ," by Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Marquise McGraw, and Jesenka Mrdjenovic, is now working paper number 60, CHERI WP 60 and "Quest for Knowledge and Pursuit of Grades: Grade Information and Inflation at an Ivy League School ?", by Talia Bar and Asaf Zussman, is now working paper number 61, CHERI WP 61.

James Monks is the author of the two most recent CHERI working papers "Public versus Private University Presidents Pay Levels and Structure" working paper 58, CHERI WP 58 and "The Relative Earnings of Contingent Faculty in Higher Education" working paper 59, CHERI WP 59.

2004

December

Marne Einarson and Marin Clarkberg's paper "Understanding Faculty Out-of-Class Interaction with Undergraduate Students at a Research University" is the newest working paper, CHERI WP 57.

Ronald Ehrenberg's paper "Involving Undergraduates in Research to Encourage Them to Undertake PhD Study in Economics " is the newest working paper, CHERI WP 56.

Ronald G. Ehrenberg's and Liang Zhang's "Do Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Matter?" is now a new working paper, CHERI WP 53.

November

Preliminary results from the CHERI Survey on Teaching Assistants conducted during the Spring and Summer of 2004 are now available in the survey section of CHERI's website.

Michael Rizzo presented his paper "The Public Interest In Higher Education" at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland on November 20, 2004 and it is now a new working paper, CHERI WP 55.

Andrew Nutting's Job Market Paper "Time-of-Transfer and the Outcomes of Attending a Four-Year College: Evidence from SUNY" is now a new working paper, CHERI WP 54.

August

Michael Rizzo's dissertation paper "A (Less Than) Zero Sum Game? State Funding For Public Education: How Public Higher Education Institutions Have Lost " has just been added as a new working paper, CHERI WP 52.

July

Liang Zhang's "Advance to Graduate Education: The Effect of College Quality and Undergraduate Majors" has just been added as a new working paper, CHERI WP 51.

May

Ronald Ehrenberg's "Why Universities Need Institutional Researchers More Than They Realize? " has just been added as a new working paper, CHERI WP 50.

Ronald Ehrenberg's "The Future of Affirmative Action" is now available as CHERI WP 49.

March

A new draft of CHERI WP 31 "Associate Professor Turnover at America's Public and Private Institutions of Higher Education," by Matthew Nagowski, has been uploaded.

Jeffrey A. Groen's and Michael J. Rizzo's "The Changing Composition of American-Citizen PhDs" is now available as CHERI WP 48.

Ronald Ehrenbergs's "Changes in the Academic Labor Market for Economists" is now available as CHERI WP 47.

February

Ronald Ehrenbergs's "Key Issues Currently Facing American Higher Education" is now available as CHERI WP 46.

Deborah Anderson's and John Cheslock's "Gender Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics: Determinants of Title IX Compliance" is now available as CHERI WP 45.

January

Ronald G. Ehrenberg's and Liang Zhang's "The Changing Nature of Faculty Employment " is now available as CHERI WP 44.

2003

December

Liang Zhang's "How College Affects Students: Toward The Reconciliation Of Theory With Empirical Evidence " is now available as CHERI WP 43.

November

Michael Rizzo's "A (Less Than) Zero Sum Game? State Funding for Public Education: How Public Higher Education Institutions Have Lost," is now available as CHERI WP 42.

A new working paper, CHERI WP 41, "Wealth and the Allocation of Resources at Private Institutions of Higher Education," by Matthew Nagowski, is now available.

The results of CHERI's 2003 survey of economics departments chair regarding the composition of economics department faculty and the changing nature of their teaching engagements is now available in the survey section.

Also, CHERI would like to welcome Steve Helfont, '07 as an additional member to our undergraduate research assistant team.

September

"The Role and Effect of Remedial Education in Two-Year Colleges," a CHERI Conference paper for the October 2003 conference, by Bettinger and Long, is now available.

James Monk's paper on "Increasing Earnings Inequality in Faculty Labor Markets" is the newest working paper, CHERI WP 40.

We are pleased to announce the addition of several Cornell students to the CHERI team. Undergraduates Afian Anwar '05 and Jesenka Mrdjenovic '07, and graduate students Albert Yung-Hsu Liu and Joseph Price, are now all research assistants affiliated with CHERI.

CHERI WP 39, a working paper by Ronald Ehrenberg exploring the U.S. News and World Report's college ranking system is now available. The paper was prepared for the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education Forum on The Use and Abuse of College Rankings, to be held in November 2003.

August

With the CHERI conference on the "Complex Community College" less than two months away, conference papers are beginning to be received and are being made available on the conference website. The Romano and the Gill and Leigh papers have already been posted. Remember to frequent this site often to check for more newly uploaded conference papers.

Ehrenberg and Klaff's "Changes in Faculty Composition Within the State University of New York System: 1985 - 2001," CHERI WP 38, is now available in the Working Papers section of the CHERI site.

New versions of CHERI WP 25 (Groen and White) and CHERI WP 34 (Groen) have been uploaded and may be accessed from the CHERI Working Papers section.

The final version of CHERI Working Paper 26, "Resident and Nonresident Tuition and Enrollment at Flagship State Universities," by Michael J. Rizzo and Ronald G. Ehrenberg, is now available in the Working Papers section. The paper will be found as a chapter in the forthcoming book, "College Decisions: How Students Actually Make Them and How They Could," Caroline Hoxby ed., to be published by the University of Chicago Press.

A new draft of Matthew Nagowski's "Associate Professor Turnover in American Colleges and Universities," CHERI WP 31, has been uploaded to the Working Papers section as well.

May

CHERI WP 37, "Faculty Productivity In Supervising Doctoral Students' Dissertations at Cornell University" by Cornell undergraduates Peter Crosta and Iris Packman is now available in the CHERI Working Papers section.

The CHERI Conference on "Science and the University" was held this past week in Ithaca, New York. A collection of some of the papers presented at the conference are found on the conference page, and a Cornell Chronicle article about the conference may be accessed here.