Laura J. Horn

Laura J. Horn

Director, Postsecondary Education Research and Analysis

Laura Horn is an expert in postsecondary education policy issues related to student progress and success and, particularly, the experiences of students historically underrepresented in postsecondary education. For the past seven years, Ms. Horn has focused her research efforts on community college student success. Before joining RTI, she directed MPR Associates' Postsecondary Education and Transition to College Program.

In her long tenure at MPR, Ms. Horn directed three long-term multimillion dollar contracts for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). In this capacity, Ms. Horn developed and directed research studies and oversaw the development, management, and public access of NCES postsecondary data. She authored more than 30 NCES reports and oversaw the publication of more than 50 other reports. With some 20 years of experience working in different capacities on NCES contracts, Ms. Horn has repeatedly demonstrated her leadership in delivering superior products on time and within budget, working in successful collaboration with numerous NCES program officers and staff. She has acquired a comprehensive understanding—substantive, technical, and operational—of all aspects of NCES postsecondary studies.

She currently directs contracts for the College Board, including a large-scale initiative that she conceived called The Completion Arch, which involves distilling a comprehensive set of metrics across many data sources that track community college student progress, completion, and entry into the labor market.


MS, Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles; BS, Zoology, California State University, Long Beach.

Latest Publications

Horn, L., & Paslov, J. (Apr 2014). Out-of-pocket net price for college: NCES 2014-902. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education.
Radford, A.W., Robles, J., Cataylo, S., Horn, L., Thornton, J., & Whitfield, K. (2014). The employer potential of MOOCs: A survey of human resource professionals' thinking on MOOCs. Durham, NC and Research Triangle Park, NC: Duke University and RTI International.
Horn, L., & Radwin, D. (2012). The Completion Arch: Measuring Community College Student Success: 2012. New York: The College Board Advocacy and Policy Center.
Wei, C.C., & Horn, L. (Apr 2013). Federal student loan debt burden of noncompleters: (NCES 2013-155). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics.
Radford, A.W., & Horn, L. (Nov 2012). An overview of classes taken and credits earned by beginning postsecondary students: (NCES 2013-151rev). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics.
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