Areas of Expertise
Education Finance and Cost Analysis
AIR’s experts have helped establish the national agenda in education finance, leading the development and use of innovative resource allocation and cost models to address a range of education finance and policy issues from early intervention through postsecondary education. Our nationally recognized researchers apply state-of-the-art methods to conduct large-scale studies of resource allocation in education at the federal, state, and local levels. AIR has worked with state policy makers to provide new funding formulas to states or school districts to ensure sufficient resources are available to meet the educational needs of difficult-to-serve student populations.
Given the high cost associated with earning a degree—and its frequently accompanying debt burden—students, parents, policymakers, and the media are questioning the value of higher education. Holders of associate's degrees earn more income and are less likely to be unemployed than high school students, making it a sound investment for many people.
Adjusted Poverty Measures and the Distribution of Title I Aid: Does Title I Really Make the Rich States Richer?
Are current funding allocations accurately distributing Title I funds? According to a new report, when fully adjusted for regional differences, Title I funding patterns disproportionately favor rural school districts in low cost of living states.
Prospective college students need sound information about where their educational choices are likely to lead. This report indicates that some graduates with associate's degrees outearn those with bachelor's degrees in their first year, and finds what a person studies can produce higher earnings than where he or she studies.
A partnership between AIR and Matrix Knowledge Group, College Measures uses data to drive improvement in higher education, making information about the earnings of graduates from state higher education programs publicly accessible.
AIR in January 2012 became responsible for conducting the analytic work of the Delta Cost Project, a nationally recognized effort for monitoring and identifying revenue and spending trends in public and private higher education.
The National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) is now based at AIR’s corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C. and is operating as a joint project of AIR and scholars at Duke University, Northwestern University, Stanford University, the University of Missouri, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of Washington.