James Dean Ward
Rossier Dean's Fellowship
A.B., Cornell University
majors: Economics; History
performance-based funding; education policy; organizational theory; for-profit colleges and universities; higher education finance and economics; LGBT students
James is a PhD candidate at USC Rossier. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and History from Cornell University. James spent five years in Washington, DC and Boston working as an education consultant for Hanover Research and ASR Analytics, a research analyst with the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and an institutional researcher at Harvard University. He is currently a research assistant for Dr. William Tierney in the Pullias Center for Higher Education. His primary research focus is organizational responses to changes in public policy. With the support of an AERA dissertation grant, James' research seeks to understand the relationship between fiscal dependency and colleges' responses to performance-based funding policies.
- Pullias Center for Higher Education, University of Southern California
- Research Assistant, 2014-Present
- Hanover Research
- Content Director, Higher Education Practice, 2014
- Associate Content Director, Higher Education Practice, 2014
- Research Analyst, 2012-14
- Harvard University, Office of Institutional Research
- Data and Reporting Coordinator, 2011-12
- ASR Analytics
- Consultant, Higher Education Practice, 2010-11
- Cornell Higher Education Research Institute
- Research Assistant, 2007
Honors and Awards:
AERA Dissertation Grant
2017 ASHE Graduate Student Policy Seminar (nomination only)
- Ward, J. D. & Tierney, W. G. (forthcoming). Regulatory enforcement as policy: Exploring factors related to state lawsuits against for-profit colleges. American Behavioral Scientist.
- Tierney, W. G. & Ward, J. D. (forthcoming). Coming out and leaving home: Understanding and overcoming the challenges of LGBT homeless youth. Educational Researcher.
- Ward, J. D. (forthcoming). Book review: Performance funding for higher education. Review of Higher Education.
- Ward, J. D. (2017, August 8). The unintended consequences of ‘free college’ on New York’s for-profit universities. Brown Center Chalkboard (Brookings). Online.
- Tierney, W. G., & Ward, J. D. (2017, June 23). Understanding public higher education: Old structures never die, and they don’t fade away either. The EvoLLLution. Online.
- Tierney, W. G., & Ward, J. D. (2017). The Transformation of the system of postsecondary education in the United States: The case of California. In P. A. Altbach, H. de Wit, & L. Reisberg (Eds.), Differentiated post-secondary systems and the role of the university (pp. 149-157). Hamburg, Germany: Körber Foundation.
- Ward, J. D. (2016). Troubling changes in capital structures at small private colleges. Journal of Higher Education Management 31(1), 57-74.
- Ward, J. D. (2015, August 6). “Take the money and run: For-profit colleges, student aid, and the Bennett hypothesis.” Editorial. Huffington Post. Online.
- Tierney, W. G. & Ward, J. D. (2015, March 26). “The threat to the future of small liberal arts colleges.” Editorial. Forbes Magazine. Online.