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ERIC Number: ED511545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 108
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8330-5033-5
Evaluating Navy's Funded Graduate Education Program: A Return-on-Investment Framework. Monograph
Kamarck, Kristy N.; Thie, Harry J.; Adelson, Marisa; Krull, Heather
RAND Corporation
The U.S. military services send officers to graduate schools each year to pursue advanced degrees, primarily to fill billet requirements later. This can be costly, including such things as tuition, housing, and pay but also the opportunity cost of the officer not filling an operational billet. Participation in such a program incurs specific service requirements in return, but is that enough to recoup the service's investment? The U.S. Navy asked the researchers to assess the quantitative and qualitative returns on investment (ROI) for funded graduate education. The authors modeled the financial aspects for two sample communities within the Navy and discovered that ROI varies depending on how efficiently graduates are matched with billets and how often they are utilized in the related subspecialty. In some cases, it is simply not possible to recoup the costs financially because it would require extremely long service. On the other hand, soft skills and general knowledge that graduate education provides can increase productivity and improve decision quality. Such considerations might justify making graduate education competitive, with selection targeted toward those most likely to stay in the service and to advance to flag rank. In essence, the Navy would be broadly educating many to achieve future capabilities and an ROI from the few. Appendices include: (1) Master's Degree Opportunities in the Navy; (2) Data Collection and Analysis Recommendations; (3) Model Assumptions and Limitations; and (4) Return-on-Investment Sensitivity Analysis. Abbreviations and Glossary, and Bibliography are also included. (Contains 6 figures, 14 tables, and 43 footnotes.) [This paper was prepared for the United States Navy.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of the Navy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: RAND National Defense Research Institute