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Policy Briefs

A Generational Challenge: State Postsecondary Education Policies to Support Economic Recovery and Individual Opportunity, by Joni E. Finney, Kristin D. Hultquist, Scott D. Pattison, Martha J. Snyder, June 2020.

Renewing the Promise: State Policies to Improve Higher Education Performance, by Joni E. Finney, Laura W. Perna and Patrick M. Callan.  Institute for Research on Higher Education, February 2014.  

Why the Finance Model for Public Higher Education is Broken and Must be Fixed, Wharton Public Policy Initiative.  Joni E. Finney, May 2014.  

Other public policy reports can be found at the web site for the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education (


The Attainment Agenda by Laura W. Perna, Joni E. Finney and Patrick M. Callan (2014)

Financing American Higher Education in the Era of Globalization by William Zumeta, David W. Breneman, Patrick M. Callan and Joni E. Finney (2012)

Designing State Higher Education Systems for a New Century by Richard C. Richardson, Kathy Reeves Bracco, Patrick M. Callan and Joni E. Finney (1998)

Public And Private Financing Of Higher Education: Shaping Public Policy For The Future by Kathy Reeves Bracco, Patrick M. Callan and Joni E. Finney (1997)


“Claiming Common Ground: State Policymaking for Improving College Readiness and Success,” by Patrick Callan, Michael Kirst, Joni Finney, Michael Usdan, and Andrea Venezia in College Access: Opportunity or Privilege? (2006)

 “State-by-State Report Cards: Public Purposes and Accountability for a New Century,” by Joni Finney and Patrick M. Callan in Achieving Accountability in Higher Education: Balancing Public, Academic and Market Demands (2005)

 “Higher Education’s Changing Contours: The Policy Implications of an Emerging System,”  by Joni Finney and Patrick M. Callan in Post baccalaureate Futures: New Markets, Resources, Credentials (2000) 

“State Policy Response to the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997,” by Joni Finney and Kristin Conklin in Financing a College Education: How It Works, How It’s Changing (1999)

“The Changing Landscape: Higher Education Finance in the 1990s,” by Joni Finney and David Breneman in Public and Private Financing of Higher Education: Shaping Public Policy for the Future (1997)

“Orientation: A Context,” by Peter Garland, Joni Finney, and M. Lee Upcraft in Orienting Students to College (1984)