Summer Higher Education Policy Seminar

Given the chaotic spring that everyone has had, it is more important than ever to build camaraderie within the higher education policy community and support our early-career people. To help with this, professors Dominique Baker (Southern Methodist University) and Robert Kelchen (Seton Hall University) are pleased to announce the Summer Higher Education Policy Seminar series to be held virtually between mid-May and late August.

We are overwhelmed by the support for this seminar series, as we received far more applications than the number of available presentation spots and had to make some difficult scheduling and programming decisions. We are excited to release the schedule for the summer, with all meetings being on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons from 3-4:30 ET/noon-1:30 PT. Each seminar will have two presentations, with presenters receiving approximately 25 minutes and the remaining 20 minutes being reserved for Q&A.

The seminar schedule is the following:

May 14

Elizabeth Bell (Miami University, @PoliSciBell): “High School Counselors, Administrative Burden and Access to the Promise of Higher Education”

Daniel Collier (W. E. Upjohn Institute, @Dcollier74): “Modeling First Year Stop Out of Kalamazoo Promise Scholars: Mapping Influences of Socioeconomic Advantage and Pre-College Performance to College Performance and Stopping Out”

May 20

Michael Itzkowitz (Third Way, @mikeitzkowitz): “Price-to-Earnings Premium: A New Way of Measuring Return on Investment in Higher Ed”

Kim Clark (Education Writers Association, @kclarkcollege): Seminar on engaging with the media

June 11

Rachel Worsham (North Carolina State University, @RachWorsham), Melissa Whatley (Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research, @melwhat7), Jonathan Loss (Catawba Valley Community College): “Opportunity for All?: The Differential Impacts of One State’s Revised Comprehensive Articulation Agreement by Race/Ethnicity”

Katharine Meyer (Brown University, @katharinemeyer): “Stacking the Deck for Employment Success: The Effects of Stacking Credentials in Virginia Community Colleges”

June 17

Roy Chan (Indiana University, @DrRoyYChan): “Do Credit Momentum Policies Improve College Retention and Completion of Low-Income, First-Generation Students? Evidence from a College Promise Program”

Junpeng Yan (University of Missouri, @JunpengYan): “State Merit-Based Financial Aid and Postsecondary STEM Enrollment and Attainment: Evidence from Missouri”

July 8

Matthew LaBruyere (Louisiana Board of Regents, @mattlabruyere): “Funding Formula Education for Institutions”

Emily Cook (Tulane University, @emilycook_econ): “Pricing Public Higher Education:  Responses to Appropriations Changes in a Market Context”

July 23

Olga Komissarova (Seton Hall University, @OlgaKomissar): “Exploring the Relationship between International and Minority Enrollment in MBA Programs at Public Universities in the United States”

Dante Salto (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, @dantesalto): “Comparative Higher Education Policy: Increasing Capacity through For-Profit Providers in Latin America”

August 12

Rebecca Natow (Hofstra University, @rebeccanatow): “The Use of Research in Higher Education Policymaking: Findings from a Case Study and Recommendations for Researchers”

Alison Griffin (Whiteboard Advisors, @AlisonRGriffin): “How a Bill REALLY Becomes a Law”

August 20

Kelia Washington (Urban Institute, @KeliaWashington): “Lessons Yet to be Learned: College Closures and Student Supports”

Christopher Marsicano (Davidson College, @ChrisMarsicano): “An Event History Analysis of COVID-19 College Closures”

Registration is closed.