CHERI was established in the fall of 1998 to provide a vehicle for interdisciplinary research on higher education. Faculty and administrators affiliated with CHERI come from 5 different Cornell colleges and other academic institutions around the world. CHERI's current research interests include the implications of the growing dispersion of wealth across academic institutions, the growing costs and importance of science to universities, the financial challenges facing public higher education, the changing nature of the faculty, governance in academic institutions, improving PhD programs in the humanities and associated social sciences, improving persistance rates in STEM Field majors, and reducing inequality in access to higher education. CHERI is funded by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies (USA) Inc., the TIAA-CREF Institute, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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Manuscripts from 2005

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Quest for Knowledge and Pursuit of Grades: Information, Course Selection, and Grade Inflation at an Ivy League School, Talia Bar and Asaf Zussman

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Community College Revenue Disparities: What Accounts for an Urban College Deficit?, Alicia C. Dowd

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Going Broke by Degree: A Review Essay, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Graduate Education, Innovation and Federal Responsibility , Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Key Issues Facing Trustees of National Research Universities in the Decade Ahead, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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The Changing Nature of the Faculty and Faculty Employment Practices, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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The Perfect Storm and the Privatization of Public Higher Education, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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The SUNY Tuition Guarantee Proposal, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Declining PhD Attainment of Graduates of Selective Private Academic Institutions, Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Jeffrey A. Groen, and Matthew P. Nagowski

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Inside the Black Box of Doctoral Education: What Program Characteristics Influence Doctoral Students’ Attrition and Graduation Probabilities?, Ronald G. Ehrenberg, George H. Jakubson, Jeffrey Groen, Eric So, and Joseph Price

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Why Do Field Differentials In Average Faculty Salaries Vary Across Universities?, Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Marquise McGraw, and Jesenka Mrdjenovic

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Crafting a Class: The Trade Off Between Merit Scholarships and Enrolling Lower-Income Students, Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Liang Zhang, and Jared M. Levin

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Should Top Universities Be Led By Top Researchers and Are They? A Citations Analysis , Amanda H. Goodall

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The Influence of the U.S. News and World Report Collegiate Rankings on the Matriculation Decision of High-Ability Students: 1995-2004, Amanda Griffith and Kevin Rask

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Program Design and Student Outcomes in Graduate Education, Jeffrey Groen, George H. Jakubson, Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Scott Condie, and Albert Y. Liu

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The Effects of Class Size on Student Achievement in Higher Education, E. C. Kokkelenberg, Michael Dillon, and Sean M. Christy

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Title IX Compliance and Preference for Men in College Admissions, James Monks

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Relative Tuition Levels and the Educational Focus of First-Time Fulltime Community College Students , Andrew Nutting

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Do Community College Students Benefit When Transferring with Other Transfers? A Cross-Section Peer Effects Analysis, Andrew W. Nutting

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Marriage and Graduate Student Outcomes, Joseph Price

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If Community College Students Are So Poor Why Do Only 16.9% Of Them Receive Pell Grants? , Richard M. Romano and Timothy Millard

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Do Measures of College Quality Matter? The Effect of College Quality on Graduates’ Earnings, Liang Zhang

Manuscripts from 2004

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Gender Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics: Determinants of Title IX Compliance, Deborah J. Anderson, John J. Cheslock, and Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Changes in the Academic Labor Market for Economists, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Involving Undergraduates in Research to Encourage Them to Undertake PhD Study in Economics, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Key Issues Currently Facing American Higher Education, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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The Future of Affirmative Action, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Why Universities Need Institutional Researchers More Than They Realize?, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Do Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Matter?, Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Liang Zhang

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The Changing Nature of Faculty Employment, Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Liang Zhang

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Understanding Faculty Out-of-Class Interaction with Undergraduate Students at a Research University, Marne K. Einarson and Marne E. Clarkberg

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The Changing Composition of American-Citizen PhDs, Jeffrey A. Groen and Michael J. Rizzo

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Union and Union Threat Premiums Among Graduate Student Stipends, Albert Y. Liu

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Public versus Private University Presidents Pay Levels and Structure , James Monks

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The Relative Earnings of Contingent Faculty in Higher Education , James Monks

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Associate Professor Turnover at America’s Public and Private Institutions of Higher Education, Matthew P. Nagowski

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Time-of-Transfer and the Outcomes of Attending a Four-Year College: Evidence from SUNY, Andrew W. Nutting

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A (Less Than) Zero Sum Game? State Funding for Public Education: How Public Higher Education Institutions Have Lost, Michael J. Rizzo

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The Public Interest in Higher Education, Michael J. Rizzo

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Post-Baccalaureate Wage Growth within Four Years of Graduation: The Effects of College Quality and College Major, Scott L. Thomas and Liang Zhang

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Advance to Graduate Education: The Effect of College Quality and Undergraduate Majors, Liang Zhang

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Crowd Out or Opt Out: The Changing Landscape of Doctorate Production in American Universities, Liang Zhang

Manuscripts from 2003

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Faculty Productivity in Supervising Doctoral Students’ Dissertations at Cornell University, Peter M. Crosta and Iris G. Packman

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Econometric Studies of Higher Education, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Financing Higher Education Institutions in the 21st Century, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Method or Madness? Inside the USNWR College Rankings, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Why Do School District Budget Referenda Fail?, Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Randy A. Ehrenberg, Christopher L. Smith, and Liang Zhang

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Changes in Faculty Composition Within the State University of New York System: 1985-2001, Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Daniel B. Klaff

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Start-Up Costs in American Research Universities, Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Michael J. Rizzo, and Scott S. Condie

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Who Bears the Growing Cost of Science at Universities?, Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Michael J. Rizzo, and George H. Jakubson

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The Effect of College Location on Migration of College-Educated Labor, Jeffrey A. Groen

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In-State versus Out-of-State Students: The Divergence of Interest between Public Universities and State Governments, Jeffrey A. Groen and Michelle J. White

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Increasing Earnings Inequality in Faculty Labor Markets, James Monks

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Wealth and the Allocation of Resources At Private Institutions of Higher Education, Matthew Nagowski

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A (Less Than) Zero Sum Game? State Funding for Public Education: How Public Higher Education Institutions Have Lost, Michael J. Rizzo

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Resident and Nonresident Tuition and Enrollment at Flagship State Universities, Michael J. Rizzo and Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Tracking Community College Transfers Using National Student Clearinghouse Data, Richard M. Romano and Martin Wisniewski

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How College Affects Students: Toward the Reconciliation of Theory With Empirical Evidence, Liang Zhang

Manuscripts from 2002

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The Effects of Class Size on Student Achievement in Higher Education: Applying an Earnings Function, Michael Dillon, E. C. Kokkelenberg, and Sean M. Christy

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Studying Ourselves: The Academic Labor Market, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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The Sources and Uses of Annual Giving at Selective Private Research Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges, Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Christopher L. Smith

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Within State Transitions From 2-Year to 4-Year Public Institutions, Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Christopher L. Smith

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Collective Bargaining and Staff Salaries in American Colleges and Universities, Daniel B. Klaff and Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Do Median Grades Vary Across Departments?, Jay Parekh

Manuscripts from 2001

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The Determinants of an Institution’s Transfer Student Enrollment, John J. Cheslock

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How College Enrollment Strategies Affect Student Labor Market Success, John J. Cheslock and Michael J. Hilmer

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Financial Prospects for American Higher Education in the First Decade of the Twenty-First Century, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Reaching for the Brass Ring: How the U.S. News & World Report Rankings Shape the Competitive Environment in U.S. Higher Education, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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The Supply of American Higher Education Institutions, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Trustees and Faculty Retirement Policies, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Will Trustees Tame Tuition?, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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The Class Size Controversy, Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Dominic J. Brewer, Adam Gamoran, and J. Douglas Willms

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Paying our Presidents: What do Trustees Value?, Ronald G. Ehrenberg, John J. Cheslock, and Julia Epifantseva

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Paying our Presidents: What do Trustees Value?, Ronald G. Ehrenberg, John J. Cheslock, and Julia Epifantseva

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Has the Growth of Science Crowded Out Other Things at Universities?, Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Julia Epifantseva

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What a Difference a Decade Makes: Growing Wealth Inequality Among Ivy League Institutions, Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Christopher L. Smith

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The Sources and Uses of Annual Giving at Private Research Universities, Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Christopher L. Smith

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Ivy League Athletic Performance: Do Brains Win?, Dmitry Kotlyarenko and Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Come and Stay a While: Does Financial Aid Effect Enrollment and Retention at a Large Public University?, Larry D. Singell, Jr.

Manuscripts from 2000

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The Impact of the Business Week and U.S. News & World Report Rankings on the Business Schools They Rank, Ian Bednowitz

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Nerd Harassment and Grade Inflation: Are College Admissions Policies Partly Responsible?, John H. Bishop

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Determinants of Faculty Gender Ratios Across Institutions and Departments, Anita Nimi Rajeswaren

Manuscripts from 1999

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Why Can’t Colleges Control Their Costs?, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Higher Education: The Ultimate Winner-Take-All Market?, Robert H. Frank

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The Impact of U.S. News & World Report College Rankings on Admissions Outcomes and Pricing Policies at Selective Private Institutions, James Monks and Ronald G. Ehrenberg