Joni E. Finney
Dr. Finney is Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Institute for Research in Higher Education (IRHE). She teaches graduate courses in the public finance of higher education and public policies and higher education. Prior to that she was vice-president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education from 1997-2007. She has also held senior policy positions at the California Higher Education Policy Center and the Education Commission of the States. For over 25 years Dr. Finney has worked with state and national leaders on improving public policy for higher education.
Finney pioneered the development of the nation’s first report card on higher education, Measuring Up. She currently researches state policy and its relationship to state performance; she also assists states in developing public policies to increase educational attainment and reduce gaps in performance. Most recently, working with colleagues across the nation, Finney co-authored Financing American Higher Education in The Era of Globalization (2012) published by Harvard Education Press. She has also written two other books: Public and Private Finance of Higher Education: Shaping Public Policy for the Future and Designing State Higher Education Systems for a New Century.
- Ph.D. (Higher Education) Pennsylvania State University, 1990.
- M.A. (Education) Bowling Green State University, 1980;
- B.A. (Education ) Westminster College, 1978;
Practice Professor; Director, Institute for Research on Higher Education, Higher Education Division
Institute for Research on Higher Education
Graduate School of Education
Finney, J., Leigh, E. W., Ruiz, R., Castillo, W., Smith, E., & Kent, D. C. (2017). Driven to Perform: Tennessee’s higher education policies and outcomes—A Case Study, Institute for Research on Higher Education, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.
Finney, Joni (2014). Why the Finance Model for Public Higher Education is Broken and Must be Fixed, Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative Issue Brief, 2(6).
Callan, P., Doyle, W., Finney, J., & Harvey, D. (2014). Affordability of public higher education in SREB states. Atlanta, GA: The Southern Regional Education Board.
Finney, J., Perna, L., & Callan, P. (2014). Renewing the promise: State policies to improve higher education performance. Philadelphia, PA: Institute for Research on Higher Education.
Perna, L., & Finney, J. (2014). The Attainment Agenda: State policy and leadership in higher education. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Press.
Finney, J. (2014). From master plan to mediocrity: Higher education performance & policy in California. Philadelphia, PA: Institute for Research on Higher Education.
Finney, J. (2013). RoadMap for the development of education in Kazakhstan. Philadelphia, PA: Higher Education Project Team, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.
Finney, J. (2012). Éire higher education: What America can learn from Ireland. The Irish and U.S. Higher Education Roundtable.
Zumeta, W., Breneman, D., Callan, P., & Finney, J. (2012). Financing higher education in the era of globalization. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.
Panel discussion on Higher Education Finance moderated by Faculty Affiliate Laura Perna. It will include a brief presentation on “The Attainment Agenda: State Policy Leadership for Higher Education,” followed by a moderated discussion that will include Faculty Affiliate Laura Wolf-Powers.