Selected Publications and Articles

Kelly, P., Whitfield, C. “The Production and Migration of Educational Capital,” Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 49:3, 71-74, May/June 2017.

Kelly, P., Prescott, B., Weeks, E. “Improving Alignment between Educational Supply and Labor Market Needs,” Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 49:1, 34-37, January/February 2017.

Whitfield, C., Perry, B., Kelly, P. “A Social Utility Index: Developing a Method to Measure Noneconomic Occupational Returns for College Graduates,” Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 48:2, 54-58, May 2015.

Kelly, P., Whitfield, C. “College Completion by Age: Testing What We Thought We Knew,” Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, March-April 2015.

Kelly, P. “A Status Report on Kentucky’s Postsecondary Education System,” NCHEMS, February 3, 2015.

Bahr, P., Bailey, T, Booth, K., Carnevale, A., Gianneschi, M, Hanson, A., Kelly, P., Miller, B., Schneider, M., Whitfield, C. “From College to Jobs: Making Sense of Labor Market Returns to Higher Education,” The Aspen Institute, 2015.

Kelly, P., Whitfield, C. “Postsecondary Education’s Most Popular and Prickly Metric,” Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 46:4, 56-58, August 2014.

Kelly, P., Whitfield, C. “Playing the Numbers: Employment Outcomes in the Two-Year Sector: The Witch Hunt for College Programs that Don’t Pay Off,” Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 46:3, 60-63, May 2014.

Humphreys, D., Kelly, P. “How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment: A Report on Earnings and Long-Term Career Paths,” Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2014.

Crellin, M., Kelly, P., Prince, H. “Increasing College Attainment in the United States: Variations in Returns to States and Their Residents,” Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, July 2012.

Kelly, P., Strawn, J. “Not Just Kid Stuff Anymore: The Economic Imperative for More Adults to Complete College,” Center for Law and Social Policy, 2011.

Kelly, P. “Realizing Kentucky’s Educational Attainment Goal: A Look in the Rear View Mirror and Down the Road Ahead,” NCHEMS (commissioned by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education), 2011.

Kelly, P. “Crossing the Starting Line: An Examination of Productivity at Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities,” NCHEMS (commissioned by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, with support from Lumina Foundation), October 2010.

Kelly, P. “Closing the College Attainment Gap between the U.S. and Most Educated Countries, and the Contributions to be made by the States,” NCHEMS, 2010.

Ewell, P., Kelly, P. “State-Level Completion and Transfer Rates: Harnessing a New National Resource,” NCHEMS, 2009.

Kelly, P. “The Dreaded “P” Word: An Examination of Productivity in Public Postsecondary Education,” NCHEMS (supported by the Delta Project on College Costs), 2009.

Kelly, P., Ewell, P. “Colleges and Universities and their Stewardship of Place: A Guide for Developing Performance Measures for the Equity of Access and Student Success,” NCHEMS (commissioned by the National Association of System Heads), 2009.    

Kelly, P. “Beyond Social Justice: The Threat of Inequality to Workforce Development in the Western United States,” NCHEMS (commissioned by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, with support from the Ford Foundation), 2008.

Ewell, P., Kelly, P., Klein-Collins, R., “Adult Learning in Focus: National and State-by-State Data,” Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 2008.

Kelly, P., Prescott, B. “American Higher Education and the Nation’s Ability to Compete in the Global Economy,” Change Magazine. March/April 2007.

Jones, D., Kelly, P. “The Emerging Policy Triangle: Economic Development, Workforce Development, and Education,” NCHEMS, 2007.

Kelly, P., Jones, D. “A New Look at the Institutional Component of Higher Education Finance: A Guide for Evaluating Performance Relative to Financial Resources,” NCHEMS (with support by the PEW Charitable Trusts), 2006.

Kelly, P. “As America Becomes More Diverse: The Impact of State Higher Education Inequality,” NCHEMS (with support from Lumina Foundation), 2005.

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