Faculty & Staff

Ray Franke , PhD

Assistant Professor of Higher Education, College of Education and Human Development


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PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

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Ray Franke’s research interests include higher education finance, particularly the impact of financial aid on educational access and success, resource allocation to higher education, aspects of organization and organizational change as well as international, comparative studies. His research integrates economic theory and econometric modeling into the study of higher education, higher education finance, and policy. His recent work has examined how federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs and the college context affect persistence and degree completion for different income and racial/ethnic student groups. In the doctoral program, Professor Franke teaches courses in higher education finance, quantitative research methods, and governance and administration in higher education.

Prior to his current position, Franke worked as a research analyst at the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) and the CHOICES Project at the University of California, Los Angeles. He also served as a research consultant for the Wittenberg Institute for Research on Higher Education in Wittenberg, Germany. Franke earned his PhD in Higher Education and Organizational Change from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also pursued undergraduate and graduate studies in Germany and Spain and earned his MA in Business Economics from the University of Oldenburg.