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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
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. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Florida, Dr. Ortagus obtained his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Pennsylvania State University. His research typically examines the impact of online education, community colleges, and state policies on the opportunities and outcomes of underserved students. His recent work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation and published in such venues as the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Researcher, the Journal of Higher Education, and Research in Higher Education.

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, iConnect: Improving Access and Success for Underserved Students in Information Technology Programs Through Education-Industry Connections, 2020 – 2023, National Science Foundation, $600,000.

Principal Investigator, An Examination of the Enrollment and Persistence Outcomes of the Florida College Student Re-Enrollment Demonstration, 2020 – 2021, Helios Education Foundation, $115,000.

Co-Principal Investigator, Building New Evidence for Designing Performance-Based Funding Policies to Reduce Inequality, 2020 – 2021, William T. Grant Foundation, $25,000.

Principal Investigator, The Effects of Variations in Performance-Based Funding Policies on Student Access, Success, and Labor Market Outcomes, 2019 – 2021, Laura and John Arnold Foundation/Joyce Foundation, $373,590 ($270,240 co-funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and $103,350 co-funded by the Joyce Foundation).

Principal Investigator, Examining the Impact of Variations in Performance-Based Funding Policies on Reducing Inequality in Student Outcomes, 2019 – 2020, William T. Grant Foundation, ($204,528).

Principal Investigator, Guided Pathways for Student Success at Access-Oriented Four-Year Institutions, 2018 – 2019, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ($355,997).

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

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

Kramer II, D., & Ortagus, J., & Donovan, J. (Forthcoming). Competing for Bachelor’s Degrees: Are Community Colleges Cutting into the Market Share of Four-Year Institutions? American Educational Research Journal.

Ortagus, J., & Hu, X. (Forthcoming). A National Study of the Financial Implications of Community College Baccalaureate Adoption. Journal of Higher Education.

Ortagus, J., & Hu, X. (2019). The Price of Mission Complexity: A National Study of the Impact of Community College Baccalaureate Adoption on Tuition and Fees. Educational Researcher.

Kelchen, R., Rosinger, K., & Ortagus, J. (2019). How to Create and Use State-Level Policy Datasets in Education Research. AERA Open.

Li, A., & Ortagus, J. (2019). 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. (2019). “Like Having a Tiger by the Tail”: A Qualitative Analysis of the Provision of Online Education in Higher Education. Teachers College Record.

Ortagus, J., & Hu, X. (2019). Does the Community College Pathway Impact the Selectivity of Students’ Destination Four-Year Institution? Community College Review.

Ortagus, J., Kramer II, D., González Canché, M., & Fernandez, F. (2019). The Impact of Community College Baccalaureate Adoption on Associate Degree Production. Teachers College Record.

Hu, X., & Ortagus, J. (2019). A National Study of the Influence of the Community College Pathway on Female Students’ STEM Baccalaureate Success. Community College Review.

Ortagus, J. (2018). National Evidence of the Impact of First-Year Online Enrollment on Postsecondary Students’ Long-Term Academic Outcomes. Research in Higher Education.

Ortagus, J., & Tanner, M. (2018). Going to College without Going to Campus: A Case Study of Online Student Recruitment. Innovative Higher Education.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Ortagus, J. (2019, November). “Digitally Divided: The Impact of Online Enrollment on Underrepresented Minority and Low-Income Community College Students’ Likelihood of Degree Completion.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Portland, Oregon. 

Ortagus, J., Tanner, M., & McFarlin, I. (2019, November). “Experimental Evidence of the Effect of Informational Nudges and Financial Incentives on the Likelihood of Re-Enrollment Among Former Community College Students.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Portland, Oregon. 

Ortagus, J., & Hu, X. (2019, November). “National Evidence of the Financial Implications of Community College Baccalaureate Adoption.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Portland, Oregon. 

Ortagus, J., & Hu, X. (2018, November). “Do Community Colleges Increase Tuition and Fees After Adopting Community College Baccalaureate Programs?” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Tampa, Florida.

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.

Media Mentions

Voice of America (February 2020)

Inside Higher Ed (February 2020)

Education Dive (January 2020)

Inside Higher Ed (January 2020)

Yahoo Finance (January 2020)

MarketWatch (January 2020)

Diverse Issues (December 2019)

Research Minutes (November 2019)

The University Network (October 2019)

Study International News (October 2019)

Inside Higher Ed (September 2019)

Inside Higher Ed (April 2019)

E-Learning Inside (April 2019)

Florida College Access Network (April 2019)

E-Learning Inside (March 2019)

Inside Higher Ed (October 2018)

Inside Higher Ed (October 2018)

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)

Selected Links

Personal Website

InformEd States