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John Cheslock

Dr. John J. Cheslock

Associate Professor of Education (HI ED); Senior Research Associate, Center for the Study of Higher Education

Phone: 814-865-8278

404B Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Education Policy Studies


  • Higher Education Program


  • Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE)


Dr. John J. Cheslock is an associate professor in the Department of Education Policies Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Cheslock obtained his Ph.D. in labor economics from Cornell University, where he served as a research assistant at the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI). After graduation, he was on the faculty of the University of Arizona for eight years.


Dr. Cheslock’s research examines the finances of colleges and universities through analysis of specific revenue sources, underlying cost structures, and the economics associated with specific activities. His revenue-focused research primarily explores net tuition revenue, pricing strategies, and enrollment growth initiatives. His expenditure-focused research primarily examines the number and compensation of personnel. When investigating specific activities within higher education, he primarily analyzes two areas: online education and intercollegiate athletics.


In his studies of organizational finances, Dr. Cheslock often examines the considerable inequality that exists across higher education institutions. He specializes in econometric techniques that describe and decompose inequality patterns. His work is also informed by a range of theoretical traditions and his experiences as an academic administrator. Although his formal training concentrated on economic theory, he also employs ideas from sociology, management, and psychology. His applied understanding of organizational finances is shaped by past administrative roles where he was tasked with the managing of departmental budgets, the directing of a certificate program, the creation of an online master’s program, and the scaling of a professional development academy.

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