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Laura J. Horn

Director, Center for Postsecondary Education Research

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. Over the last decade, Ms. Horn has built a research agenda focused 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), under which she wrote extensively on postsecondary student experience. 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 conceived of and currently directs The Completion Arch project, 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

Radford, A.W., Coningham, B., & Horn, L. (2015). MOOCs: Not just for college students—How organizations can use MOOCs for professional development. Employment Relations Today, 41 (4):1-15.
Radwin, D., & Horn, L. (October 2014). Measuring workforce preparation and employment outcomes: RTI Press Publication No. PB-0005-1410. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.
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.
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  • Postsecondary Education
  • Community College Student Success
  • Education Outcomes