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

Google Scholar profile

Kelchen, R. (2018). Higher Education Accountability. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. (JHU Press site, Amazon)

Journal Articles

Twombly, L. A., Rizzolo, D., Chen, R., & Kelchen, R. (accepted). Factors That Influence Job Choice at the Time of Graduation for Physician Assistant Students. Journal of Physician Assistant Education.

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

Kelchen, R. (2019). Do Nonresident Students Affect Prices for In-State Students at Public Colleges? Teachers College Record, 121(2). (link)

Kelchen, R. (2018). Do Financial Responsibility Scores Affect Institutional Behaviors? Journal of Education Finance, 43(4), 417-439. (link)

Kelchen, R. (2018). Do Performance-Based Funding Policies Affect Underrepresented Student Enrollment? The Journal of Higher Education, 89(5), 702-727. (link, pre-publication version)

Kelchen, R., & Webber, D. A. (2018). Examining the Interstate Mobility of Recent College Graduates. Educational Researcher, 47(3), 213-215. (link)

Kramer II, D. A., Holcomb, M. R., & Kelchen, R. (2018). The Costs and Consequences of Excess Credit Hours Policies. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 40(1), 3-28. (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)

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

Anderson, D. M., Broton, K. M., Goldrick-Rab, S., & Kelchen, R. Experimental Evidence on the Impacts of Need-Based Financial Aid: Longitudinal Assessment of the Wisconsin Scholars Grant. (link)

Kelchen, R. An Empirical Analysis of the Bennett Hypothesis in Law School Prices. (link)

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)


Research Reports

Kelchen, R. (2018). Exploring Key Questions: Program-Level Repayment for Higher Education Accountability. Washington, DC: Higher Learning Advocates. (link)

Kelchen, R. (2018). Adjusting COA and EFC for Living Costs. Oakland, CA: The Institute for College Access and Success. (link)

Kelchen, R., & Pingel, S. (2018). Postsecondary Tuition Capping and Freezing. Boulder, CO: Education Commission of the States. (link)

Espinosa, L. L., Kelchen, R., & Taylor, M. (2018). Minority Serving Institutions as Engines of Upward Mobility. Washington, DC: American Council on Education. (link)

Kolbe, T., & Kelchen, R. (2017). Identifying New Metrics Using IPEDS Finance Data. Washington, DC: National Postsecondary Education Cooperative. (link)

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)

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)