Robert Kelchen

Higher Education Policy Expert

Robert Kelchen is an assistant professor of higher education in the Department of Education Leadership, Management, and Policy at Seton Hall University. His research interests include higher education finance, accountability policies, and student financial aid.

Robert has recent articles published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, The Journal of Higher Education, and the Journal of Education Finance. His first book, Higher Education Accountability, is now available through Johns Hopkins University Press. His work as a methodologist for Washington Monthly magazine’s annual college rankings won an award for best data journalism from the Education Writers Association. He is frequently quoted in the media, including The Washington Post, National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Politico.

Robert holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Truman State University, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


How Colleges Can Respond to Accountability Pressures

Law School Second Floor

Private colleges are under more pressure than ever from governmental agencies, accrediting bodies, the private sector, and students and their families to improve outcomes and lower prices. This session will cover the landscape of higher education accountability and how private colleges can navigate increasingly difficult terrain.