Research

Here is a summary of my current and previous research projects–with copies of papers and reports where available.

Google Scholar profile

Journal Articles
Kelchen, R. (accepted). Do Financial Responsibility Scores Affect Institutional Behaviors? Journal of Education Finance.

Kelchen, R. (accepted). Do Nonresident Students Affect Prices for In-State Students at Public Colleges? Teachers College Record, 121(1).

Kramer II, D. A., Holcomb, M. R., & Kelchen, R. (2017). The Costs and Consequences of Excess Credit Hours Policies. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. (link)

Kelchen, R., & Li, A. (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. (link, pre-publication version)

Kelchen, R., Goldrick-Rab, S., & Hosch, B. (2017). The Costs of College Attendance: Examining Variation and Consistency in Institutional Living Cost Allowances. The Journal of Higher Education, 88(6), 947-971. (link, pre-publication version)

Kelchen, R. (2017). The Distributional and Cost Implications of Negative Expected Family Contributions. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 47(1), 4-24. (link)

Kelchen, R. (2017). Campus-Based Financial Aid Programs: Trends and Alternative Allocation Strategies. Educational Policy, 31(4), 448-480. (link, pre-publication version)

Kelchen, R. (2016). An Analysis of Student Fees: The Roles of States and Institutions. The Review of Higher Education, 39(4), 597-619. (link, pre-publication version)

Goldrick-Rab, S., Kelchen, R., Harris, D. N., & Benson, J. (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. (link, pre-publication version)

Kelchen, R. (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. (link)

Kelchen, R., & Stedrak, L. J. (2016). Does Performance-Based Funding Affect Colleges’ Financial Priorities? Journal of Education Finance, 41(3), 302-321. (link)

Magnuson, K., Kelchen, R., Duncan, G., Schindler, H., Shager, H., & Yoshikawa, H. (2016). Do the Effects of Early Childhood Education Programs Vary by Gender? Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 36, 521-536. (link)

Kelchen, R., & Goldrick-Rab, S. (2015). Accelerating College Knowledge: A Fiscal Analysis of a Targeted Early Commitment Pell Grant Program. The Journal of Higher Education, 86(2), 199-232. (paper, fiscal analysis, Monte Carlo simulation)

Kelchen, R., & Jones, G. (2015). A Simulation of Pell Grant Awards Using Prior Prior Year Financial Data. Journal of Education Finance, 40(3), 253-272. (link)

Kelchen, R. (2015). Financial Need and Income Volatility among Students with Zero Expected Family Contribution. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 44(3), 179-201. (link)

Kelchen, R. (2014). Federal College Ratings: A Primer and Potential Implications. Journal of College Admission, 225, 12-15. (link)

Articles Under Review

Kelchen, R. Do Performance-Based Funding Policies Affect Underrepresented Student Enrollment? Revise and resubmit.

Kelchen, R. Exploring the Relationship between Performance-Based Funding Design and Underrepresented Student Enrollment at Community Colleges.

Kelchen, R. Do High Cohort Default Rates Affect Student Living Allowances and Debt Burdens? An Empirical Analysis.

Book Chapters

Finkelstein, M., & Kelchen, R. (2017). Higher Education Systems and Institutions, United States of America. In P. N. Texeira & J. Shin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions. Dordrecht, the Netherlands, Springer. (link to chapter)

Kelchen, R. (2016). Federal Mechanisms for Improving College Match: Information, Aid, and Accountability. P. 179-198 in A. P. Kelly, J. S. Howell, & C. Sattin-Bajaj (Eds.), Matching Students to Opportunity: Expanding College Choice, Access, and Quality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press. (link to book)

Kelchen, R. (2016). Student Loans: A Brief History, the Current Landscape, and Impacts on Society. P. 173-198 in J. L. DeVitis & P. A. Sasso (Eds.), Higher Education and Society. New York, NY: Peter Lang. (link to book)

Goldrick-Rab, S., & Kelchen, R. (2015). Making Sense of Loan Aversion: Evidence from Wisconsin. P. 307-371 in K. Hollenbeck & B. Hershbein (Eds.), Student Loans and the Dynamics of Debt. Kalamazoo, MI: W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. (link to book)

Working Papers

Goldrick-Rab, S., Kelchen, R., & Houle, J. The Color of Student Debt: Implications of Federal Loan Program Reforms for Black Students and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. (link)

Reviews and Short Pieces

Stedrak, L. J., & Kelchen, R. (2015). New Jersey (State of the States 2015). Journal of Education Finance, 41(2), 253-254. (link)

Kelchen, R. (2014). National Direct Student Loans/Perkins. Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance. D. Brewer & L. Picus (Eds.). SAGE Publications.

Kelchen, R. (2013). Review of “Getting to Graduation: The Completion Agenda in Higher Education.” Journal of Student Financial Aid, 43(1), 55-58. (link)

Research Reports

Kelchen, R. (2017). Higher Education Accreditation and the Federal Government. Washington, DC: Urban Institute. (link)

Kelchen, R. (2017). Tuition Control Policies: A Challenging Approach to College Affordability. Minneapolis, MN: Midwestern Higher Education Compact. (link)

Kelchen, R. (2017). A Review of College Promise Programs: Evidence from the Midwest. Minneapolis, MN: Midwestern Higher Education Compact. (link)

Kelchen, R. (2016). Education Under Review. Washington, DC: The Chronicle of Higher Education. (link)

Kelchen, R. (2015). Proposing a Federal Risk-Sharing Policy. Indianapolis, IN: Lumina Foundation. (link)

Kelchen, R. (2015). Exploring the Topic of Indirect Costs to Today’s Higher Education Students. Washington, DC: American Council on Education.(link)

Goldrick-Rab, S., Kelchen, R., & Hosch, B. (2015). Information, Accountability, and College Costs: The Need for Standardized Living Cost Calculations in Higher Education. Madison, WI: Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (link)

Kelchen, R. (2015). The Landscape of Competency-Based Education. Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute. (link)

Kelchen, R. (2014). Moving Forward With Federal College Ratings: Goals, Metrics, and Recommendations. Madison, WI: WISCAPE. (link)

Kelchen, R., & Jones, G. (2013). A Tale of Two Income Years: Comparing Prior-Prior Year and Prior-Year Through Pell Grant Awards. Washington, DC: NASFAA. (link)

Goldrick-Rab, S., & Kelchen, R. (2013). No Money Left Behind: Loan Aversion and College Success among Pell Recipients. Washington, DC: HCM Strategists. (link)

Hillman, N., Kelchen, R., & Goldrick-Rab, S. (2013). Recommendations for the Effective and Equitable Implementation of Performance-Based Funding for Wisconsin Higher Education. Madison, WI: WISCAPE. (link)

Kelchen, R., & Harris, D.N. (2012). Can “Value-Added” Methods Improve the Measurement of College Performance? Empirical Analyses and Policy Implications. Washington, DC: HCM Strategists. (link)

Goldrick-Rab, S., & Kelchen, R. (2012). New Experimental Evidence on the Impacts of the Need-Based Wisconsin Scholars Grant on College Persistence. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Scholars Longitudinal Study. (link)