Cathy Stasz

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Adjunct Behavioral Scientist
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Ph.D. in education, University of California, Los Angeles; M.Ed. in educational psychology, Rutgers University; B.A. in psychology, Rider College

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Cathleen Stasz is an adjunct behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her main research areas include the implementation of advanced computer-based technologies in education, the workplace, and the military; education and training for work; and teaching and learning generic skills for the workplace. From 1990 to 2000, she was RAND's site director for the National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE). She conducted a series of studies concerning new skill needs in the workplace and their implications for education policy and practice.

Her most recent work includes a study of the attractiveness of initial vocational education programs in Europe. She received her Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Recent Projects

  • Assessment of the attractiveness of initial vocational education programs in Europe
  • An inquiry into the certification of vocational skill
  • Study of skill demands and postsecondary education opportunities in the State of Qatar
  • K–12 education reform in the State of Qatar
  • Systems analysis of vocational learning policy in the United Kingdom

Selected Publications

Cathleen Stasz, "Assessing Skills for Work: Two Perspectives," Oxford Economic Papers, 53(3), 2001

Cathleen Stasz and Brian M. Stecher, "Teaching Mathematics and Language Arts in Reduced Size and Non-Reduced Size Classrooms," Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 22(4), 200

Cathleen Stasz, Susan Guthrie, Craig Holmes, Attractiveness of Initial Vocational Education and Training: Identifying What Matters, Cedefop (EP-50530), 2014

Cathleen Stasz and Susannah Wright "A framework for understanding and comparing 14-19 education policies in the United Kingdom," in David Raffe and Ken Spours, Policy Making and Policy Learning in 14-19 Education, London: Institute of Education, University of London, 2007

Cathleen Stasz, Eric Eide and Francisco Martorell, Post-secondary Education in Qatar: Employer Demand, Student Choice, and Options for Policy, RAND (MG-644), 2007

Cathleen Stasz and Susan Bodilly,, Efforts to Improve the Quality of Vocational Education in Secondary Schools: Impact of Federal and State Policies, RAND (MR-1655), 2004

Honors & Awards

  • President's Award, RAND Corporation