John Cheslock, Ph.D.
Dr. John J. Cheslock is director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education and associate professor in the Department of Education Policies Studies at Penn State. Dr. Cheslock obtained his doctorate in labor economics from Cornell University in New York, where he served as a research assistant for director Ron Ehrenberg at the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI). After graduation, he was on the faculty of the University of Arizona for eight years. He currently serves as a consulting editor for Research in Higher Education, and on the editorial boards of the Review of Higher Education and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.
Dr. Cheslock's research examines the financial sustainability challenges facing many colleges and universities through analysis of specific revenue sources, underlying cost structures, and the economics associated with specific activities. Most of his research into institutional revenues focuses on net tuition revenue through studies of institutional aid policies and enrollment growth initiatives while expenditure-focused studies primarily examine faculty salaries and instructional productivity. When investigating specific activities within higher education, he primarily analyzes two areas: intercollegiate athletics and online education. His research employs quantitative methods and data drawn from either national surveys or databases maintained by higher education institutions.
Karen Paulson, Ph.D.
Dr. Paulson is an associate professor and coordinator of online programs for the higher education program. She came to Penn State after 19 years of working with state and institutional policymakers at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) in Boulder, Colorado. Her areas of expertise include assessment, evaluation, accreditation, and the use of data. She has worked at nearly 60 postsecondary institutions and in 45 states.
Most recently Paulson has authored several book chapters including "Progress towards transparency in higher education," a chapter in Assuring Quality in Online Education: Practices and Processes at the Teaching, Resource, and Program Levels, with Cali Morrison and Russ Poulin (2013); "Faculty Perceptions of General Education and the Use of High-Impact Practices" in Peer Review (2012); and a paper titled Down and In: Assessment Practices at the Program Level with Peter Ewell and Jillian Kinzie (2011). Dr. Paulson holds engineering degrees in addition to her higher education study. She has a doctorate in higher education with a minor in policy analysis from Penn State.
Fred Loomis, Ph.D.
Dr. Loomis serves as associate professor of the M.Ed. in Higher Education program and the institutional research certificate program. He received his doctorate in higher education from Penn State and has more than 35 years of leadership and policy experience in higher education and in the public sector, with special expertise in online learning, strategic planning, institutional assessment, and diversity.
Dr. Loomis has teaching and administrative experience at four universities and has held the positions of director of planning, dean, special assistant to the provost, executive director, and academic program director. Early in his career, Dr. Loomis served as a senior civil rights specialist with the U.S. Department of Education. He has consulted with state and local governments, school districts, career and technical centers, and higher education institutions in the United States, Egypt, and Tanzania.