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Robert K. Toutkoushian

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Professor of Higher Education

Dr. Robert Toutkoushian, Professor of Higher Education at UGA’s Institute of Higher Education, holds a Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University and specializes in the application of economic theories and quantitative methods to problems in higher education.

Prior to joining the IHE in 2009, Dr. Toutkoushian held a faculty position in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University, he worked as a research analyst at the University of Minnesota, and also as executive director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the University System of New Hampshire.

Professor Toutkoushian has published more than sixty studies in peer-reviewed journals and edited books on topics including faculty compensation, student demand for higher education, finance, and policy analysis. More recently, along with Mike Paulsen, he published the book Economics of Higher Education: Background, Concepts, and Applications (Springer, 2016).

Dr. Toutkoushian is currently involved in an analysis of educator pension plans, a study of the success of first-generation college students, a study of the determinants of excess revenues for colleges, and a study of how students define the markets that they consider for going to college. He is also editor of the journal Research in Higher Education, which is regarded as one of the leading journals in the field of higher education.

Dr. Toutkoushian is currently involved in an analysis of educator pension plans, a study of the success of first-generation college students, a study of the determinants of excess revenues for colleges, and a study of how students define the markets that they consider for going to college. He is also editor of the journal Research in Higher Education, which is regarded as one of the leading journals in the field of higher education.

Email:
rtoutkou@uga.edu
Curriculum Vitae:
Education:
  • Ph.D., Economics, Indiana University (fields of specialization: econometrics, finance)
  • M.A., Economics, Indiana University
  • B.A., Economics, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests:

Dr. Toutkoushian is currently involved in an analysis of educator pension plans, a study of the success of first-generation college students, a study of the determinants of excess revenues for colleges, and a study of how students define the markets that they consider for going to college.

Grants:

Principal Investigator, Factors Influencing Employee’s Choice of Retirement Benefit Plan: A Mixed Method Study, TIAA Institute. Grant received to study the retirement choices made by postsecondary employees in the State of Georgia. Duration: September 1, 2016 to March 1, 2018. Grant total: $44,000.

Principal Investigator, How Parental Education Shapes the Postsecondary Plans and Outcomes of Students, National Center for Education Statistics and Association for Institutional Research.  Grant received for analysis of the influence of different levels of parental education on whether students go to college and earn a degree.  Duration: October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. Grant total: $38,500.

Co-Principal Investigator, An Examination of the Impact of Retirement Benefits on Educational Leaders’ Career Choices, Indiana Department of Education.  Grant received for analysis on the effects of superintendent benefits on career choices of school leaders in Indiana.  Duration: July 1, 2006 to December 31, 2007.  Grant total: $89,659.

Principal Investigator, A Panel Data Approach to Adequacy in Education for K-12 Public Schools, Indiana University. Proffitt grant received for analysis of educational adequacy funding of Indiana public school districts. Duration: July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006, July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008. Grant total: $40,000.

Principal Investigator, Extending Indiana’s Capacity for School Finance Analysis, Indiana Department of Education.  Grant received for analysis and research on Indiana’s foundation program for providing financial support for public schools in the state.  Duration: July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2007.  Grant total: $260,000.

Principal Investigator, Extending Indiana’s Capacity for School Finance Analysis, Indiana Department of Education.  Grant received for analysis and research on Indiana’s foundation program for providing financial support for public schools in the state.  Duration: January 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005.  Grant total: $200,000.

Principal Investigator, Faculty Careers: Gender, Race, and Family Differences, National Center for Education Statistics and Association for Institutional Research.  Grant received for analysis on salary equity issues for faculty based on gender, race, and family status.  Duration: July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005.  Grant total: $30,000.

Toutkoushian, R., Riffe, K., Sanford, P., & Ness, E. (in press). How do faculty select between defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans? A qualitative investigation. Forthcoming, Journal of Education Finance.

Toutkoushian, R., & Raghav, M. (2021). Estimated profit: A look at the excess revenues of private four-year nonprofit postsecondary institutions. Education Finance and Policy, 16, 125-145.

Toutkoushian, R. (2019). What affects the choice of retirement plans among faculty? Evidence from the University System of Georgia. Journal of the Professoriate, 10, 101-123.

Toutkoushian, R. K., May-Trifiletti, J. A., & Clayton, A. B. (2019). From “first in family” to “first to finish”: does college graduation vary by how first-generation college status is defined? Educational Policy 35, 481-521. 

Shafiq, M., Toutkoushian, R., & Valerio, A. (2019). Who benefits from higher education in low- and middle-income economies? Journal of Development Studies, 55, 2403-2423.

DesJardins, S., Hossler, D., Toutkoushian, R., & Chen, J. (2019). Time may change me: Examining how aspirations for college evolve during high school. The Review of Higher Education, 43, 263-294.

Toutkoushian, R., Stollberg, R., & Slaton, K. (2018). Talking ‘bout my generation: defining ‘first-generation college students’ in higher education research. Teachers College Record, 120, 1-38.

Toutkoushian, R., & Lee, J. (2018). Revisiting economies of scale and scope in higher education. In M. Paulsen (Ed.), Higher education: Handbook of theory and research, volume XXXIII (pp. 371-416). The Netherlands: Springer.

Gandara, D., & Toutkoushian, R. (2017). Updated estimates of the average financial return on master’s degree programs in the United StatesJournal of Education Finance, 43, 21-44.

Warshaw, J., Toutkoushian, R., & Choi, H. (2017). Does the reputation of a faculty member’s graduate programme and institution matter for labour market outcomes? Journal of Education and Work, 30, 793-812.

Harding, J., Parker, M., & Toutkoushian, R. (2017). Deciding about college: how soon is soon enough? Teachers College Record, 119, 1-40.

Courses Regularly Taught:
Events featuring Robert K. Toutkoushian
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Dr. Toutkoushian will lead a discussion of the impact of the Covid pandemic on higher education institutions. Participants are asked to pre-register and access the forum via Zoom.

News Featuring Robert K. Toutkoushian
Monday, June 13, 2022 - 10:52am

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum returned as an in-person gathering on June 6-9, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 3:26pm

McBee IHE faculty members and doctoral candidate, Matt Gregory, shared on-going research experience with University System of Georgia (USG) and GA Awards data. The 60-minute session covered stages in a project's lifecycle from idea generation through…

Monday, December 20, 2021 - 4:18pm

Rob Toutkoushian co-authored a report, funded by the Joyce Foundation and published by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, that demonstrates an association between higher education funding patters on graduation rates.

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 1:47pm

By Rob Toutkoushian, Professor of Higher Education

Friday, May 22, 2020 - 1:32pm

Professor Rob Toutkoushian led two Zoomtable discussions for nearly fifty graduates and students to discuss the financial impact of Covid-19 on institutions of higher education. The participants joined the sessions from across the US at various agencies,…

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 10:07am

Rob Toutkoushian co-authored “Time May Change Me: Examining How Aspirations for College Evolve during High School.” The article appears in the fall 2019 issue of The Review of Higher Education.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 12:09pm

In addition to the large group of IHE faculty and students who presented papers at the AERA conference in Toronto (April 5-8), Noble Jones (PhD 2018) received the 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Award from AERA's Division J, and Associate Professor Tim Cain was…

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 11:22am

A new report by Rob Toutkoushian, "Education Funding and Teacher Compensation In Indiana: Evaluation and Recommendations," shows funding for public education and…

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 11:00am

IHE faculty and students will be attending the 44th Annual AEFP Conference in Kansas City, MO on March 21-22, 2019.

Ph.D. candidate Hee Jung Gong will present a paper with Rob Toutkoushian on “The Impact of the TRIO Program on the College Choice Process…

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 12:18pm

"From 'First in Family' to 'First to Finish': Does College Graduation Vary by How First-Generation College Status Is Defined?" is a newly-published research article by Robert K. Toutkoushian, Jennifer A. May-Trifiletti, Ashley B. Clayton (former IHE…

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