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Ortagus, Justin C.



Ortagus_JustinAssistant Professor,
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education
Director, Institute of Higher Education

College of Education
University of Florida
2-230C Norman Hall
PO Box 117049
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-273-4338
Fax: 352-846-2697
jortagus@coe.ufl.edu

Research Biography

Justin C. Ortagus is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration & Policy and Director of the Institute of Higher Education. He obtained his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Pennsylvania State University, where he served as a graduate research assistant at the Center for the Study of Higher Education. Dr. Ortagus teaches courses related to higher education administration, organization theory, and technology in higher education.

His research typically examines the growing influence of online education and technology in higher education. Dr. Ortagus also studies the extent to which community college enrollment and the implementation of various state policies impact the opportunities and outcomes of historically underrepresented students. His recent work has been published in such venues as the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, the Review of Higher Education, and the Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research.

Degrees

Ph.D., Higher Education – Pennsylvania State University (2015)

M.Ed., Educational Leadership – University of Florida (2011)

B.A., English – University of Florida (2007)

Selected Grants

Principal Investigator, Florida College Student Re-Enrollment Demonstration: An Experimental Analysis, 2017-2019, Helios Education Foundation, ($300,000).

Principal Investigator, A Proposal to Use LMS Data to Improve STEM Persistence Among Racial Minority and Low-Income Community College Students, 2018-2019, Strategic Investment Grant, School of Human Development and Organizational Studies, University of Florida ($12,377).

Co-Principal Investigator, Examining the Impact of Need-Based Aid Programs on the Graduate and Professional School Enrollment of Low-Income and First-Generation Students, 2016-2017, AccessLex Institute and the Association for Institutional Research, ($46,976).

Selected Publications

Li, A., & Ortagus, J. (Forthcoming). The Impact of the Complete College Tennessee Act on Sub-Baccalaureate Credentials and Historically Underrepresented Student Enrollment. The Review of Higher Education.

Ortagus, J., & Derreth, R.T. (Forthcoming). “Like Having a Tiger by the Tail”: A Qualitative Analysis of the Provision of Online Education in Higher Education. Teachers College Record.

Ortagus, J., Kramer II, D., González Canché, M., & Fernandez, F. (Forthcoming). The Impact of Community College Baccalaureate Adoption on Associate Degree Production. Teachers College Record.

Ortagus, J., & Tanner, M. (Forthcoming). Going to College without Going to Campus: A Case Study of Online Student Recruitment. Innovative Higher Education.

Ortagus, J., & Hu, X. (Forthcoming). Does the Community College Pathway Impact the Selectivity of Students’ Destination Four-Year Institution? Community College Review. 

Ortagus, J. (Forthcoming). National Evidence of the Impact of First-Year Online Enrollment on Postsecondary Students’ Long-Term Academic Outcomes. Research in Higher Education.

Hu, X., & Ortagus, J. (Forthcoming). A National Study of the Influence of the Community College Pathway on Female Students’ STEM Baccalaureate Success. Community College Review.

Ortagus, J., & Yang, L. (2018). An Examination of the Influence of Decreases in State Appropriations on Online Enrollment at Public Universities. Research in Higher Education.

Hu, X., Ortagus, J., & Kramer II, D. (2018). The Community College Pathway: An Analysis of the Costs Associated with Enrolling Initially at a Community College Before Transferring to a Four-Year Institution. Higher Education Policy.

Ortagus, J., Kramer II, D., & Umbricht, M. (2018). Exploring the IT Productivity Paradox in Higher Education: The Influence of IT Funding on Institutional Productivity. The Journal of Higher Education.

Kramer II, D., Ortagus, J., & Lacy, A. (2018). Tuition-Setting Authority and Broad-Based Merit Aid: The Effect of Policy Intersection on Pricing Strategies. Research in Higher Education.

Umbricht, M., Fernandez, F., & Ortagus, J. (2017). An Examination of the (Un)Intended Consequences of Performance Funding in Higher Education. Educational Policy.

Ortagus, J. (2017). From the Periphery to Prominence: An Examination of the Changing Profile of Online Students in American Higher Education. The Internet and Higher Education.

Ortagus, J. (2016). Pursuing Prestige in Higher Education: Stratification, Status, and the Influence of College Rankings. College & University.

Cheslock, J., Ortagus, J., Umbricht, M., & Wymore, J. (2016). The Cost of Producing Higher Education: An Exploration of Theory, Evidence, and Institutional Policy. In J. Smart (Ed.), Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research (Volume 31). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Selected Presentations

Donovan, J., Kramer II, D., & Ortagus, J. (2018, April). “Competing for Bachelor’s Degrees: Are Community Colleges Cutting into the Market Share of Four-Year Institutions?” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. New York City, New York. 

Ortagus, J., & Yang, L. (2017, November). “The Relationship Between Government Appropriations and Online Enrollment at Community Colleges.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Houston, Texas.

Ortagus, J., & Tanner, M. (2017, November). “Going to College Without Going to Campus: A Case Study of Online Student Recruitment.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Houston, Texas.

Li, A., & Ortagus, J. (2017, March). “The Impact of the Complete College Tennessee Act on Sub-Baccalaureate Credentials and Historically Underrepresented Student Enrollment.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education Finance and Policy. Washington, D.C.

Ortagus, J. (2016, November). “Online Education in Higher Education: Evidence of the Effect of Online Enrollment on Credential Completion.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Columbus, Ohio.

Ortagus, J., & Derreth, T. (2016, November). “A Grounded Theory of the Provision of Online Education at Research Universities.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Columbus, Ohio.

Media Mentions

Inside Higher Ed (July 2018)

Inside Higher Ed (July 2018)

Inside Higher Ed (May 2018)

The Hechinger Report (April 2018)

U.S. News & World Report (April 2018)

Inside Higher Ed (April 2018)

BreakThru Radio (August 2017)

Inside Higher Ed (August 2017)

Business Insider (April 2016)