Ernest R. House

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Ernest R. House
Dr. Ernest R. House.jpg
Ernest R. House in 1998
Born August 7, 1937
Alton, Illinois
Residence Boulder, Colorado, United States
Spouse(s) Mary Donna Brown

Ernest R. House is an American academic [1] specializing in program evaluation and education policy. He has been a Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder since 2002. House was a faculty member at the University of Colorado Boulder from 1985 to 2001. Before that, he was a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1969 to 1985. He has been a visiting scholar at UCLA, Harvard, University of New Mexico, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1999-2000), and also in England, Australia, Spain, Sweden, Austria, and Chile.

With Ronald Wooldridge, he was editor-in-chief of the journal New Directions for Program Evaluation (the journal of the Evaluation Research Society) from 1982 to 1985.


House graduated from Washington University with a bachelor's degree in English in 1959. He earned a master's degree in secondary education from Southern Illinois University in 1964, and completed a doctorate (Ed. D.) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1968.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Ford Foundation Fellow (England), 1975
  • Harold E. Lasswell Prize (with William Madura) presented by Policy Sciences (1989).
  • Paul Lazarsfeld Award for Evaluation Theory, for lifetime contributions to evaluation research and theory, awarded by,[2] 1990.
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA, 1999-2000


House is the author of many books, including the following.

  • The Politics of Educational Innovation (1974)
  • Survival in the Classroom (with S. Lapan, 1978)[3]
  • Evaluating with Validity (1980, re-issued 2010).[4]
  • Jesse Jackson and the Politics of Charisma: The Rise and Fall of the Push/Excel Program (1988)[5]
  • Professional Evaluation: Social Impact and Political Consequences (1993)[6]
  • Schools for Sale: Why Free Market Policies Won't Improve America's Schools, and What Will (1998)[7]
  • Values in Evaluation and Social Research (with K. Howe, 1999)[8]
  • Regression to the Mean: A Novel of Evaluation Politics (2007)[9]


  1. ^ [1] E. R. House résumé
  2. ^ [2] American Evaluation Association Award Recipients
  3. ^ Reviews of Survival in the Classroom: Harry Hutson, JSTOR 20299681; Meredith Damien Gall, JSTOR 27537210; Penelope L. Peterson and Barbara B. Levin, JSTOR 1175380
  4. ^ Reviews of Evaluating with Validity: David A. Kenny, doi:10.3102/01623737004001121; Gene V. Glass, David A. Kenny, and Paul M. Wortman, JSTOR 1163798; Michael J. Parsons, JSTOR 3332286
  5. ^ Reviews of Jesse Jackson and the Politics of Charisma: Aldon Morris, JSTOR 2074201; Dorothy Willner, JSTOR 2131550; Dianne M. Pinderhughes, doi:10.2307/2151124; Ronald W. Walters, JSTOR 1047299; Jerry Mitchell, doi:10.1111/j.1541-0072.1988.tb01030.x
  6. ^ Reviews of Professional Evaluation: Social Impact and Political Consequences: P. K. Jamison, doi:10.1016/0149-7189(95)90015-2; Bulletin of Sociological Methodology, JSTOR 24362354
  7. ^ Reviews of Schools for Sale: Dan D. Goldhaber, doi:10.1016/S0272-7757(01)00012-7; David Stevenson, doi:10.1086/444219, JSTOR 1085666; Henry M. Levin, JSTOR 3202231
  8. ^ Reviews of Values in Evaluation and Social Research: Sheila A. Arens and Thomas A. Schwandt, doi:10.1016/S0149-7189(00)00019-7; Harry Torrance, JSTOR 1501802
  9. ^ Review of Regression to the Mean: Darrel N. Caulley, [3]

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