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Milton, Ross T.; Ehrenberg, Ronald G. – Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, 2014
The growth of college and university endowments, particularly those of elite schools, have drawn the attention of policymakers and pundits. Using a decomposition of the growth of endowments between 1991 and 2010 we simulate the effects of three prominent proposed policies had they been implemented in 1991 on endowment payouts through 2010: (1) a…
Descriptors: Endowment Funds, Program Proposals, Universities, Colleges
Groen, Jeffrey A. – Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, 2012
This paper considers the influence of labor demand for new PhD recipients on time to the doctorate. I use student-level data on all doctorates awarded by U.S. universities in seven humanities and social science fields together with the annual number of job listings by field from 1975 to 2005. An increase in the number of job listings in a field…
Descriptors: Time to Degree, Doctoral Degrees, Educational Attainment, Labor Needs
Miller, Jon R.; Nutting, Andrew W.; Baker-Eveleth, Lori – Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, 2012
Electronic books are a fast-growing component of the publishing industry. Sales of electronic textbooks (e-textbooks) are growing, but at a slower rate. In this research we use data from an undergraduate student survey to estimate the determinants of e-textbook use. We find that students who are younger, lower-income, and from larger high schools…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Textbooks, Publishing Industry, Information Technology
Ehrenberg, Ronald G. – Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, 2011
American law schools are part of a much broader higher education system. So to set the stage, the author begins his remarks by discussing the stresses that the American higher education system is under and the changes that everyone has seen in it over the last three decades. This discussion should convey to everyone that the challenges law…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Law Schools, Legal Education (Professions), Administrative Change
Romano, Richard M. – Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, 2011
This study reviews the historical trend of college revenues and expenditures from a national perspective. The years 1999-2009 are examined with the most detail using primarily Delta Project/IPEDS data. Looking at trends related to state and local appropriations, college costs and prices, output, and productivity, it argues that various policy…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Paying for College, Tuition, Educational Policy
Main, Joyce; Ost, Ben – Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, 2011
This research examines the effect of undergraduate course letter grades on future course selection and major choice. Using a Regression-Discontinuity design, we exploit the fact that the probability of earning a particular letter grade jumps discontinuously around letter grade cutoffs. This variation in letter grades allows us to isolate the…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Grades (Scholastic), Context Effect, Course Selection (Students)
Webber, Douglas A. – Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, 2011
Using detailed individual-level data from public universities in the state of Ohio, I estimate the effect of various institutional expenditures on the probability of graduating from college. Using a competing risks regression framework, I find differential impacts of expenditure categories across student characteristics. I estimate that student…
Descriptors: Public Colleges, Educational Finance, Cost Effectiveness, College Administration
Ehrenberg, Ronald G. – Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, 2011
American higher education is in transition and if there ever was a "golden age" for faculty, it probably is behind us. The best historical data on the composition of faculty is collected annually by the American Mathematical Society. Between 1967 and 2009, the share of full-time faculty with PhDs remained constant at about 90 percent at…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Higher Education, Tenure, Outcomes of Education
Ehrenberg, Ronald G. – Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, 2011
Being a president of a member institution of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is fraught with challenges. To name but a few: (1) The nation's financial meltdown in 2008 and the accompanying great recession has dramatically increased families' financial need and led to increased pressure on financial aid budgets; (2) Reductions in…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Economic Climate, Educational Finance, Tuition
Whelan, Kenneth T.; Ehrenberg, Ronald G.; Hallock, Kevin F.; Seeber, Ronald L. – Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, 2011
We evaluate potential determinants of enrollment in an early retirement incentive program for non-tenure-track employees at a large university. Using administrative records on the eligible, population of employees not covered by collective bargaining agreements, historical employee count and layoff data by budget units, and public information on…
Descriptors: Salaries, Retirement, Incentives, Collective Bargaining
Martin, Mirinda L. – Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, 2010
Several studies have focused on the increasing gender diversity in the boardrooms of corporations; both on what causes the increase and how this affects performance. Institutions of higher education also have governing boards but their incentive structures are quite different than those of corporations, thus providing a unique opportunity to study…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Governing Boards, Corporations, Trustees
Ehrenberg, Ronald G. – Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, 2010
In this paper, the author argues that a combination of short- and longer-run economic and political forces pose a threat to the well-being of the nation's doctoral programs. After briefly touching on the impact of current economic problems on doctoral education at private universities, he then discusses the growing pressure on academia to expand…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Financial Problems, Research Universities, Private Colleges
Ehrenberg, Ronald G. – Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, 2010
The American higher education system faces tremendous pressure to enhance access and graduation rates. In a period of increasing financial difficulties, how will our nation's higher education institutions achieve these goals and how will they recruit faculty and staff their classes in the future? The answers to these questions, which are the focus…
Descriptors: College Students, Higher Education, Tenure, Graduation Rate
Ehrenberg, Ronald G.; Jakubson, George H.; Martin, Mirinda L.; Main, Joyce B.; Eisenberg, Thomas – Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, 2010
Our paper focuses on the role that the gender composition of the leaders of American colleges and universities--trustees, presidents/chancellors, and provosts/academic vice presidents--plays in influencing the rate at which academic institutions diversify their faculty across gender lines. Our analyses make use of institutional level panel data…
Descriptors: Colleges, Women Faculty, Trustees, College Presidents
Romano, Richard M.; Djajalaksana, Yenni M. – Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, 2010
Data from NCES [National Center for Education Statistics] indicate that it is two to three times more expensive to educate a student at a public four-year college than at a community college. These figures exaggerate the difference between the two when you calculate the costs of the first two years of education for students working on a bachelor's…
Descriptors: Full Time Equivalency, Community Colleges, Paying for College, Costs
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