Postsecondary Education Research
Higher education continues to evolve in ways that expand access for new student populations. At the same time, many students arrive unprepared for college-level work and often leave with debt. Decisionmakers are looking for policy solutions that address student needs and funding challenges—and help ensure graduates are properly trained for the 21st-century workforce.
What We Do
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RAND Education and Labor has been grappling with postsecondary education issues for over four decades, and continues to be at the forefront of research to find solutions to challenges such as:
- partner with educators and policy makers
- produce rigorous studies of cause and effect
- understand implementation and what works
Where We Focus
College Readiness and Access
With a particular focus on new and underserved populations, RAND experts look for ways to support the substantial number of students who are inadequately prepared to succeed in postsecondary education programs.
Paying for Higher Education
Rising college costs and the resulting long-term increase in student debt is one of the biggest issues weighing on families today — and one of the greatest challenges for policymakers.
RAND helps higher education systems plan for current and future needs. Research focus areas include performance measurement, improving coordination between education institutions and employers, and allocating resources.
STEM and Career Technical Education
RAND Education and Labor researchers are assessing workforce education programs, including analyses of the STEM pipeline.
College Curriculum Innovation
Higher education institutions are exploring new ways to help students succeed. RAND investigates many of these novel approaches, including competency-based education, the use of technology, and project-based learning.
Student Health and Safety
In order for students to thrive, learning environments must be safe and help support physical and mental well-being. RAND's work includes addressing sexual harassment and assault on college campuses.
Work with Us
RAND experts help decisionmakers at the federal, state, and institutional levels bring research evidence to bear on their work, with the ultimate goal of supporting students to complete valuable degrees.
Get in touch with us to discuss research opportunities.