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Research Team 

Patrick M. Callan, Senior Project Advisor and Co-author
President, Higher Education Policy Institute

Patrick M. Callan is president of the Higher Education Policy Institute. He previously served as president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, executive director of the California Higher Education Policy Center, the California Postsecondary Education Commission, the Washington State Council for Postsecondary Education, the Montana Commission on Postsecondary Education, and as vice president of the Education Commission of the States. Callan is the author of many articles and papers on education, educational opportunity, public accountability, financing of higher education, and leadership. Callan is co-editor of Public and Private Financing of Higher Education: Shaping Public Policy for the Future (1997): The Learning Connection, New Partnerships between Schools and Colleges (2001): and co-author of Designing State Higher Education Systems for a New Century (2001), and Financing American Higher Education in the Age of Globalization (2012).

William R. Doyle, Lead Analyst and Lead Author
Associate Professor of Higher Education, Peabody College at Vanderbilt University

Will Doyle is an Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. His research includes evaluating the impact of higher education policy, the antecedents and outcomes of higher education policy at the state level and the study of political behavior as it affects higher education. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, he was Senior Policy Analyst at the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Doyle received a Master’s degree in Political Science and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Stanford University in 2004.

Joni E. Finney, Project Director and Lead Author
Practice Professor, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE)

Joni E. Finney is a professor of practice at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and director of the Institute for Research in Higher Education. Finney recently completed a five-state study of the relationship between state policy and state performance in higher education and co-authored The Attainment Agenda (Johns Hopkins Press, 2014) describing the results. She also recently co-authored Financing American Higher Education in an Era of Global Challenge: An Agenda for the Nation (Harvard University Press, 2012). Finney directed Measuring Up, the nation’s report card on higher education and was principal author for the Measuring Up state reports. In addition, Finney has written articles for academic and policy leaders related to higher education finance, governance, and performance. She is co-editor and author of Public and Private Financing of Higher Education: Shaping Public Policy for the Future (ACE/Oryx Press, 1997) and Designing State Higher Education Systems (ACE/Oryx Press, 1997). She also co-authored Claiming Common Ground (The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 2007), which focuses on the policies to link high schools and colleges. In addition, Finney has authored Good Policy, Good Practice (The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 2008), a publication that identifies effective educational practices and the public policies that support them. Finney has served on numerous advisory boards, is a founding board member for the National Clearinghouse Research Center, and has chaired the selection committee for the Virginia B. Smith Innovative Leadership Award in Higher Education.

Darcie E. Harvey, Senior Policy Analyst and Co-author
Senior Policy Analyst, Higher Education Policy Institute

Darcie Harvey is a policy consultant and the Senior Policy Analyst with the Higher Education Policy Institute. She evaluates data and policies relating to higher education finance, student affordability, and student access to higher education in California, the United States, and internationally. From 2011 to 2015, Ms. Harvey analyzed international data and performed policy analysis on improving the higher education system in Kazakhstan. She also prepared regional and state reports on higher education affordability in southern states, and provided analysis and written language for a report on boosting educational performance in California. From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Harvey served as a policy analyst with the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education performing research, policy and data analysis on numerous higher education issues. While at the National Center, she also served as project coordinator for Measuring Up 2008 — a national report card on state higher education policy. Ms. Harvey received a Bachelor’s degree in both Political Science and Economics from Humboldt State University and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Syracuse University.


Partnering Institutions

Institute for Research in Higher Education at Penn GSE
The Institute for Research on Higher Education (IRHE), headquartered at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, conducts research relevant to policymakers and educational practitioners on higher educationPenn GSE is one of the nation’s premier research education schools, where students and faculty enjoy an Ivy League environment that supports both practical knowledge building and high-quality research. Our alumni are recognized as some of the world’s most influential education leaders, and our distinguished professors are pioneers in their fields. 

Peabody College at Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development is consistently ranked among the best schools of education and human development in the country. Peabody is a place where our faculty and students develop approaches to understanding and improving how people learn and how learning and teaching can be made more effective; how public policy affects how educators teach and what students accomplish; how children, families and communities can achieve well-being and foster individual success; how children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities can be enabled to learn and live fully and how institutions, organizations and government can better deliver education and human services. 

The Higher Education Policy Institute
The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) was established in 1991 as a California non-profit organization to conduct and sponsor higher education policy research and dissemination, with a public interest orientation. HEPI sponsored two major policy centers, one focused on California from 1992 to 1997, and the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education from 1998 to 2011.