Joni Finney, Ph.D. is a member of the Education Sector K20 Task Force. She is currently the director of the Institute for Research in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.
For more than two decades, Finney has worked with state leaders to improve the public policies that govern higher education. As vice president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, she developed and directed the nation’s first biennial state-by-state report card for higher education, Measuring Up, and was the principal author of the fifty state-by-state report cards, from 2000-2008. She co-authored Public and Private Finance of Higher Education: Shaping Public Policy for the Future and Designing State Higher Education Systems for a New Century. Released this year, her most recent book, Financing Higher Education in an Era of Global Challenge was coauthored with leading scholars and policy researchers.
Finney has worked with the California Higher Education Policy Center and the Education Commission of the State. She has also testified before congressional committees on higher education policy. Finney co-authored Public and Private Finance of Higher Education: Shaping Public Policy for the Future and Designing State Higher Education Systems for a New Century. She is currently co-authoring a forthcoming book, Financing Higher Education in an Era of Global Challenge. Finney has written articles and opinion pieces for AGB Reports (American Governing Boards), The Chronicle of Higher Education, State Government News, Spectrum (The Council of State Governments), Change: The Magazine for Higher Learning, and Education Week.