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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

Research Biography

Justin C. Ortagus is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration and 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. He 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. Dr. Ortagus has recently written on the impact of IT funding on institutional productivity, the changing profile of postsecondary online students, and the unintended consequences of performance funding in higher education.


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

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

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


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

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. (Forthcoming). 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. (Forthcoming). 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). 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, 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.

Kramer, D., Curs, B., Ortagus, J., & Pendleton, L. (2017, November). “The Impact of No-Loan Program Participation on First-Year Outcomes for Low-Income and First-Generation Students.” 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., & Yang, L. (2016, November). The Impact of Declining State Appropriations on Online Enrollment at Public Universities. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Columbus, Ohio.

Media Mentions

Inside Higher Ed (May 2018)

The Hechinger Report (April 2018)

Inside Higher Ed (April 2018)

BreakThru Radio (August 2017)

Inside Higher Ed (August 2017)

Business Insider (April 2016)