Over 40 years of leadership experience in higher education and health and human services

About Mark

Mark Lafer is entering his fifth decade of conducting public-sector research and policy analysis. He established Mark Lafer Consulting after retiring from his role as senior researcher and policy analyst for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), after more than 16 years. His professional employment included stints in student-focused research for Kansas State University and The Pennsylvania State University, evaluation research within the national mental health services delivery system, and policy development as part of the Experimental Health Services Delivery System national federal health care initiative. He has also worked as a private consultant to education, health, and human services providers and as adjunct faculty for the U.S. Army’s Old Trooper University and The Pennsylvania State University, teaching undergraduate psychology, sociology, and statistics.

He has earned degrees from the University of Michigan and Boston University and has completed advanced coursework in psychology and higher education at Kansas State University and The Pennsylvania State University.

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Higher Education

Services

  • Policy, legislation, and regulations analysis and development
  • Evaluation research
  • Survey research
  • Data and archives management

Areas of expertise

  • Federally guaranteed and alternative loans — lending, repayment, and default aversion
  • Student financial aid, including grants and student loans
  • Undergraduate admissions
  • Measuring and enhancing student success

Health & Human Services

Services

  • Policy, legislation, and regulations analysis and development
  • Evaluation research
  • Survey research
  • Data and archives management
  • Facilities and operations design

Areas of expertise

  • Federal policy, through the Affordable Care Act
  • HMO, emergency, and mental health services design
  • Quality assurance systems
  • Measuring patient outcomes