Charles A. Goldman is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor of economics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He specializes in the economics of education, skills and workforce needs, strategic planning for education systems, and organization and performance of schools, universities, and systems. He has conducted projects in Texas and Pennsylvania to improve higher education governance structures and align them to meeting workforce needs. Building on this work, he has studied how Australia’s education, training, and workforce development systems can meet the demands of the country’s rapid increase in naval shipbuilding. His work in skills also examines military members’ transitions from active duty to the civilian labor market.
One of his main research themes is measuring performance in higher education at the institution and system levels. Building on that work, he develops national and international university ranking and benchmarking systems and sits on the advisory board of the Shanghai Academic Rankings of World Universities. He has studied policy and implementation of both basic and higher education in the United States, Australia, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Goldman previously served as associate director of RAND Education and of the Manpower and Training Program within RAND Arroyo Center.
Goldman earned his S.B. in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in economic analysis and policy from Stanford University, and held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Stanford School of Education.
Goldman, Charles A.; Karam, Rita T.; Stalczynski, Mark.; Giglio, Kate., Promoting the long-term sustainability and viability of universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, RAND (RR-2486-PLBFC), 2018
Karam, Rita T.; Goldman, Charles A.,; Basco, Daniel.; Carew, Diana., Managing the expansion of graduate education in Texas, RAND (RR-1899-CFAT), 2017
Charles A. Goldman, Lindsay Butterfield, Diana Lavery, Trey Miller, Lindsay Daugherty, Trinidad Beleche, Bing Han, Using Workforce Information for Degree Program Planning in Texas, RAND Corporation (RR-1011-CFAT), 2015
Lindsay Daugherty, Charles A. Goldman, Lindsay Butterfield and Trey Miller, Assessing the Potential to Expand Community College Baccalaureate Programs in Texas, RAND Corporation (RR-745-CFAT), 2014
Gabriella Gonzalez et al., Facing Human Capital Challenges of the 21st Century: Education and Labor Market Initiatives in Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, RAND Corporation (MG-786-RC), 2008
Dominic J. Brewer et al., Education for a New Era: Design and Implementation of K-12 Education Reform in Qatar, RAND Corporation (MG-548-QATAR), 2007
Dominic J. Brewer, Susan M. Gates, and Charles A. Goldman, In Pursuit of Prestige: Strategy and Competition in U.S. Higher Education, Transaction Publishers, 2002
Charles A. Goldman and William F. Massy, The PhD Factory: Training and Employment of Science and Engineering Doctorates in the United States, Anker Publishing, 2001