Cornell University

July 17 2007

Ronald Ehrenberg receives research award from international education association

Ronald G. Ehrenberg, the Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics and Director of the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI), 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).

In this collection, Ehrenberg brings together the works of two-dozen researchers in the field of public higher education to explore a variety of issues including trends in higher education finances as well as the changing nature of students.

The rest of the book is a compilation of essays taken from revised papers originally presented at CHERI's spring 2005 conference devoted to analyzing public education in the early 21st century. The essays explore the causes of change in the funding of public higher education and the resulting consequences, social and otherwise, for current and potential students as well as colleges and universities.

The book also addresses the decline in average faculty salaries at public doctoral institutions and the impact on the ability of public institutions to recruit and retain top-notch faculty. A paperback edition of the book will be issued by Johns Hopkins University Press in the fall.

Ehrenberg is also chair of the National Research Council's Board on Higher Education and the Workforce and was elected to the Cornell Board of Trustees. He is author or co-author of 20 books and more than 120 papers, largely on the economics of higher education and labor economics. This current book serves as something of a companion piece to Ehrenberg's, "Tuition Rising: Why Colleges Cost So Much" (Harvard University Press, 2002) and "Governing Academia" (Cornell University Press, 2004).