Olena G. Horner

Helen HornerOlena (Helen) Horner is a research associate at the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. She has had varied experiences in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies within a higher education setting. The areas of research included ethics in education, research integrity, national variations in the organization of scientific research, fundraising, tuition policies around the globe, and the impact of the study abroad experience on undergraduate students’ retention, graduation, and time to degree. 

Her research interests are also connected with post-baccalaureate education, both graduate and professional education. In her doctoral dissertation, Olena examined the impact of the five ranking systems of M.B.A. programs in the U.S.A., such as Businessweek, Forbes, The Economist, The Financial Times, and U.S. News & World Report rankings, on business schools’ admission strategies, institutional resources, and reputation among companies recruiting M.B.A. graduates.

Prior to joining MHEC, Olena worked in the Office of Institutional Research at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She conducted studies utilizing survey results for the assessment of educational outcomes (retention, student learning and development, satisfaction, and time to degree) and for academic quality improvement at the graduate level.  Olena also has extensive research, teaching, and administrative experience in international higher education.

Olena joined MHEC in 2016.


M.A., English Language and Literature, Dnipropetrovsk National University, Ukraine
Ph.D., English Language and Literature, Dnipropetrovsk National University, Ukraine
M.A., Higher Education, University of Minnesota
Ph.D., Higher Education, University of Minnesota

Selected Presentations and Publications

Chapman, D. W., Stolz, I., & Glushko, O. (2010). National variations in the organization of scientific research. In M. S. Anderson and N. H. Steneck (Eds.), International research collaborations: Much to be gained, many ways to get in trouble (pp. 35-50). New York: Routledge.

Glushko, O., & Jones-White, D. R. (2013, October 13-16). The impact of the student experience on time to the doctorate: An event history analysis utilizing exit survey data. Paper presented at the 2013 ASHE Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Hendel, D., Chien, C., Kamata, T., Horner, O., Fry, G., & Horn, A. (2016, March 6-10). Measuring the international dimension of top world universities. Paper presented at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Vancouver, Canada.

Horner, O. (2014, November, 19-22). Reliability and validity of full-time M.B.A. rankings in the United States: Estimating predictability of changes and construct validity of the rankings. Paper presented at the 2014 ASHE Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

Weerts, D., Sanford, T., & Glushko, O. (2010, May 2). Explaining differences in alumni giving participation rates at flagship universities. Paper presented at AERA Annual Meeting 2010, Denver, CO.