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Kasey Meehan

Associate Director of Postsecondary Policy

Pronouns: She/Her

Degrees

  • M.P.A. in Government: University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics: University of Pennsylvania

About Kasey Meehan

Kasey Meehan is Associate Director of Postsecondary Policy at RFA. She leads RFA’s development strategy and many projects within RFA’s postsecondary education portfolio.

Meehan directs a range of multi-site, multi-method research projects focused on how statewide policies and programs are addressing equity, incentivizing change, and affecting student outcomes. Currently, Meehan is directing research on efforts to close racial equity gaps in higher education attainment and a continuation study examining how outcomes-based funding policies are addressing equity in six states. Meehan is also leading research on the Tennessee Promise as part of a four-state evaluation of college promise programs and co-directing a randomized controlled trial studying the impacts of completion coaching on Tennessee Promise students. In addition to her postsecondary work, Meehan has evaluated out-of-school programs and teacher evaluation systems.

Meehan has presented RFA’s research at the annual meetings of the State Higher Education Executive Officers, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, and the American Educational Research Association and has been an invited panelist at HCM Strategists’ Strategy Labs Peer Learning Opportunity, California Community Colleges’ Associate of Chief Business Officials Annual Conference, and Complete College America’s Annual Convening. Before joining RFA, Kasey was a Project Director at SSRS, a survey research firm, where she led social science and opinion research projects for a variety of clients in non-profit, media, and academic sectors.

  • A fun fact about me is....

    I hope to hike all 59 U.S. National Parks.

  • I'm a real nerd about...

    Who makes the best cookies and cream ice cream (Koffmeyer's Old Fashioned has the lead)!

  • When I'm not at work, you can find me...

    Walking my rescued rottie, Leela, around town or on the mat at Three Queens Yoga.

Key Projects by Kasey Meehan

State Responses to COVID-19 – Implications for Student Success Funding and Promise Programs

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Examining the Impact, Implementation, and Cost Effectiveness of Completion Coaching in a Statewide College Promise Program

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Expanding the Knowledge Base on State Policies Impacting Undocumented Students in Higher Education

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Evaluation of New Profit Capacity Building Model

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Say Yes to Education: RFA’s Five-Year Evaluation of the Cleveland Chapter

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State and Local College Promise Programs: Examining Policy and Practice

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An Evaluation of Children’s Literacy Initiative’s Blueprint for Early Literacy

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Evaluating Women in Natural Sciences (WINS) for the Academy of Natural Sciences

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Integrative Arts Programs in Philadelphia: An Examination of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program in Four Public Schools

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An Evaluation of Delaware’s Teacher Evaluation System

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Examining Extended Learning Opportunities in New Hampshire: A Statewide Evaluation

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Recent Publications by Kasey Meehan

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State of Student Success Funding During COVID-19

RFA found that over one third of states running SFF/PBF/OBF models in FY20 either implemented a new hold harmless provision, extended a FY20 hold harmless provision that had been set to expire, or paused their…

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State of Promise Programs During COVID-19

Overall, more than half of statewide Promise programs made changes to program components in response to COVID-19. Of the 15 programs that made changes, we found 11 programs adjusted eligibility requirements, with many relaxing requirements…

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Developing a Statewide College Completion Agenda: Lessons From Tennessee

Tennessee has gained national recognition for its comprehensive strategy to increase college attainment. This report describes the development and expansion of Tennessee’s completion agenda through a set of related and interlocking policies designed to produce…

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The Case of Tennessee Promise: A Uniquely Comprehensive Promise Program

Research for Action has studied statewide Promise programs since 2017, with in-depth analysis in four states—Delaware, Nevada, Oregon, and Tennessee. Our research in these states includes an extensive review of legislative and policy documents; 146…

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The Case of Nevada Promise: Promise Replication in a Different State Context

Research for Action has studied statewide Promise programs since 2017, with in-depth analysis in four states—Delaware, Nevada, Oregon, and Tennessee. Our research in these states includes an extensive review of legislative and policy documents; 146…

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Technical Appendix: Tennessee SLDS Student-Level Analysis

Over the course of nearly two years, Research for Action (RFA) worked closely with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) to obtain, clean, and analyze Tennessee’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS).

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Technical Appendix: Indiana SLDS Student-Level Analysis

Over the course of nearly two years, Research for Action (RFA) worked closely with Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education to obtain, clean, and analyze Indiana’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS).

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Implementation and Impact of Outcomes-Based Funding in Tennessee

Outcomes-based funding (OBF) is a term used to define state and system-level higher education funding policies linking public higher education dollars to key student outcomes such as credit completion, retention and graduation (Snyder, 2016). Outcomes-based…

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Implementation and Impact of Outcomes-Based Funding in Indiana

Outcomes-based funding (OBF) is a term used to define state and system-level higher education funding policies linking public higher education dollars to key student outcomes such as credit completion, retention and graduation (Snyder, 2016). Outcomes-based…

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Summary of OBF Impact on Student Outcomes in Tennessee and Indiana

From 2014-2016, Research for Action (RFA) worked closely with state officials in Tennessee and Indiana to obtain, verify, and analyze data obtained from Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) to determine the impact of each state’s…
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