Henry M. Levin
- B.S. in Marketing and Economics, New York University
- M.A., Ph.D. in Economics, Rutgers University
- Areas of Specialization: Economics of Education, Economics of Human Resources, Urban Economics, Public Finance, and Education Policy
Cost Effective Analysis: Concepts and Applications, 2nd Ed.(Sage Publications).
Privatizing Education (Westview Press).
"Educational vouchers: Effectiveness, choice, and costs" (Journal of Policy Analysis and Management).
"Educational performance standards and the economy" (Educational Researcher).
"Accelerated schools: A Decade of Evolution," (International Handbook of Educational Change).
"Accelerating Mathematics Achievement Using Heterogeneous Grouping," with C. C. Burris & J. Heubert,( American Educational Research Journal).
Levin was the President of the Evaluation Research Society and the recipient of its Gunna Myrdal Prize for Contributions to the Field of Evaluation. He is the former editor of the Review of Educational Research. In 1991 the New York Times named him one of nine national leaders for "Innovation in Education". In 1992 he received the Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Contributions to Education. He has been a member and President of the Palo Alto (California) School Board and has been inducted as a Guest Professor at Beijing University. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Educational Testing Service and the Vice President of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) www.cies.ws to become President in 2008.. At present Levin is doing research on educational reform, educational vouchers, cost-effectiveness analysis, financing educational equity, and educational privatization.
From 1986-2000 Levin served as the Director of the Accelerated Schools Project <www.acceleratedschools.net>, a national school reform initiative for accelerating the education of at-risk youngsters. There are presently over 1,000 Accelerated elementary and secondary schools in some 40 states with 50 schools in Hong Kong. His Most recent books are: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis: Methods and Applications (Sage Publications, 2000), Privatizing Education (Westview, 2001), and Privatizing Educational Choice, 2005..
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Centers and Projects
The Center conducts economic research on the benefits and costs of alternative educational policies and interventions.
EPSA Faculty Co-Director: Professor Henry M. Levin
The Center on Chinese Education, Teachers College Columbia University (CoCE) is aimed at contributing to a better understanding of education in China and to educational exchange between the United States and China. It seeks to achieve this mission through three categories of activities: research and development, education and training, as well as outreach and exchange. These activities will draw upon the historically special relationship between Chinese education and Teachers College, the interests and expertise of the faculty at Teachers College, as well as expertise and resources outside of Teachers College. Major funding for the Center's activities is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
The National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education (NCSPE) serves as a non-partisan venue to analyze and disseminate information about the contentious private initiatives in education that include vouchers, charter schools and educational contracting. Proponents of privatization view the movement as improving school choice, student outcomes and innovation through competition in the marketplace. They point to the poor performance of urban schools and how competition converts failure into success. Opponents argue that the movement undermines already flagging urban public schools, depriving the system of motivated students and scarce resources to bring about reform and runs counter to the establishment clause embodied in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Currently there is no disinterested authority to test and verify the conflicting claims of proponents and opponents, leaving the debate to those who argue on ideological grounds rather than empirical data. In evaluating different privatization plans, the center uses four criteria: the freedom for parents to choose schools that mirror their values and religious beliefs; productive efficiency that maximizes school results; equity that provides access for all to the range of educational opportunities, and social cohesion that prepares youngsters for democratic and civic participation.
The Privatization Center is affiliated with the Department of International and Transcultural Studies. Its Director is Henry M. Levin, William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education. The Center disseminates its research, policy analysis through conferences, the World Wide Web, publications and the media. It also has entered a partnership with the education commission of the states to provide information to governors, state legislatures and state departments of education.