College of Education *
College of Education *
Marvin Titus (CHSE)
Marvin Titus
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Room: 3209 Benjamin Building
Phone: (301) 405-2220

Marvin Titus (Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park)
Associate Professor, Higher Education; HESI
Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE)


Research Interests | Bio | Publications | Curriculum Vitae |

Research Interests

Economics and finance of higher education; federal and state higher education policy; institutional costs and production; and quantitative research methods.


Professional Biography

Dr. Titus is an associate professor of higher education in the Higher Education concentration within the Higher Education Student Affairs and International Education (HESI) program at the University of Maryland. Prior to joining the University of Maryland in 2007, Dr. Titus was at North Carolina State University, where he taught and did research in the Adult and Higher Education program. Before then, he worked for the University System of Maryland Office as a policy analyst for 13 years. He also worked as an institutional research analyst, labor economist, and economics lecturer.

Using rigorous quantitative methods, Dr. Titus strives to produce policy-relevant research around issues of the higher education finance, state higher education policy, and institutional production, costs and prices.  Dr. Titus addresses complex questions of national importance such as: how do state higher policies affect degree production; how efficient are higher education institutions; and what statistical techniques are the most appropriate to conduct higher education policy.  Because of the complexity of questions, he utilizes large national as well as customized datasets and employs a variety of statistical techniques such as stochastic frontier analysis, instrumental variable probit regression, multilevel modeling, dynamic panel modeling, and spatial analysis.

Dr. Titus teaches the following regular courses in the Higher Education concentration: State Systems of Higher Education (EDHI 752); Higher Education Finance (EDHI 754); Federal Policies in Post-secondary Education (EDHI 755); First Year Doctoral Seminar (EDCP 870) and Research Critique Seminar (EDHI 895).  He also teaches special topics courses: Institutional Research and Planning in Higher Education (EDHI 788C) and State-Level Higher Education Research (EDHI 788M).

In addition to teaching semester-length courses, Dr. Titus has also conducted short workshops on quantitative research techniques at UCLA and guest lectured at the University Georgia, Stanford University, and the University of California – Riverside.

Almost all of Dr. Titus' scholarly work has been published in top-tier prestigious journals in the field of higher education such as The Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and The Review of Higher Education.  He has published book chapters such as: Understanding the Relationship Between Working While in College and Future Salaries and Examining Production Efficiency in Higher Education: The Utility of Stochastic Frontier Analysis.  His work has also been mentioned in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

Dr. Titus is an associate editor of Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research.   He serves on the editorial board of two of the leading higher education journals: Research in Higher Education and The Review of Higher Education as well as the Journal of Education Finance.  Dr. Titus also served on the editorial boards for The Journal of Higher Education, Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning and the Journal of College Student Development.  He served as a member of the National Advisory Board of the ASHE Higher Education Report Series.  Dr. Titus has been invited to review manuscripts for The Journal of Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and other journals.  He reviewed manuscripts for Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational Foundations Review, Journal of the Professoriate, The Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, and the Journal of College Student Development and the Journal of Education Finance.

Dr. Titus’ scholarly work and expertise have also been recognized at the national level, as evidenced by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics seeking his advice as an expert in the area of higher education dataset design and development.  These national datasets include the Educational Longitudinal Study (ELS), Beginning Postsecondary Students (BPS) Survey, National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) Survey, and Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B) Longitudinal Study.

To conduct his research utilizing national and customized datasets, Dr. Titus uses several statistical software packages such as Stata, Limdep, HLM, and R.

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Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Titus, M. A. & Eagan, K. (forthcoming). Examining production efficiency in higher education: The utility of stochastic frontier analysis. In M. Paulsen (Ed.), Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, Volume 31. New York: Springer.

Titus, M. A. (2004). National Center for Education Statistics: Supplemental Table Update, January, 2002. In T. Shohov (Ed.), Federal Student Loans. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. (pp. 129-161).

Titus, M.A. (2010). Understanding the Relationship Between Working While in College and Future Salaries. In L. W. Perna (Ed.), Understanding the Working College Student: New Research and Its Implications for Policy and Practice. Stylus Publishing.

Articles in Refereed Journals (* indicates refereed manuscript, +indicates invited manuscript)

Titus, M. A., Vamosiu, A. & Gupta, A. (forthcoming). Conditional convergence of non-resident tuition rates at public research universities: A panel data analysis. Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research.

*Perna, L.W. & Titus, M. A. (2004). Understanding differences in the choice of college attended: The role of state public policies. Review of Higher Education, 27(4), 501-525.

*Titus, M. A. (2004). Examining the influence of institutional context on persistence at four-year colleges and universities: A multilevel approach. Research in Higher Education, 45(7), 673 - 699.

*Perna, L.W. & Titus, M. A. (2005). The relationship between parental involvement as social capital and college enrollment: An examination of racial/ethnic group differences. Journal of Higher Education, 76(5), 485-518.

*Titus, M. A. (2006). Understanding college degree completion of students with low socioeconomic status: The influence of institutional financial context. Research in Higher Education, 47(4), 371 - 398.

*Titus, M. A. (2006). Understanding the influence of the financial context of institutions on student persistence at four-year colleges and universities, The Journal of Higher Education, 77(2), 353-375.

*Titus, M. A. (2006). No college student left behind: The influence of financial aspects of a state's higher education policy on college completion, The Review of Higher Education, 29(3), 293-317.

*Titus, M. A. (2007). Detecting selection bias, using propensity score matching, and estimating treatment effects: An application to the private returns to a master's degree, Research in Higher Education, 48(4), 487-521.

*Titus, M. A. (2009). The production of bachelor's degrees and financial aspects of state higher education policy: A dynamic analysis. The Journal of Higher Education. 80(4), 439-468.

+Titus, M. A. (2009-2010). Bachelor's degree productivity x-inefficiency: The role of state higher education policy. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 11(1), 7-32.

*Titus. M. A. & Pusser, B. (2012). States potential enrollment of adult students: A stochastic frontier analysis. Research in Higher Education. 52(6), 555-571.

Working Papers

Titus, M. A., Simone, S., & Gupta, A. (2010). Investigating state appropriations and net tuition revenue for public higher education: A vector error correction modeling approach. Institute For Higher Education Law and Governance Institute Monograph Series.

Titus, M. A., (2010, November). Exploring Heterogeneity in Salary Outcomes Among Master's Degree Recipients: A Difference-in-Differences Matching Approach. Available at SSRN:

Current Projects

McClure, K., & Titus, M. A., The all-administrative university? Exploring the relationship between administrative costs and administrative staff at public comprehensive institutions.

Kuvaeva, A. & Titus, M. A., U.S. gross domestic product growth and federal academic research and development expenditures.

Titus, M. A. & Medellin, R., Exploring the maximum potential salary of college graduates by SES and institutional selectivity.

Examining cost efficiency of degree production at public four-year colleges and universities: A stochastic frontier analysis.

Investigating the relationship between economic growth and higher education in the United States: A cointegration approach.

Looking at the benefits and costs of higher education to states.

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Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

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