Site icon Cecilia M. Orphan, Ph.D.


I am regularly interviewed by reporters covering issues related to higher education policy and finance, Regional Public Universities, and Rural-Serving Institutions. My research has also been covered by diverse media outlets including exclusives published by Politico and The Well News and coverage by InsideHigherEd, EducationDive, and Open Campus.

Regional Public Universities

“I am a tenure track prof because of the power of regionals.” Open Campus

“[R]egional colleges have difficulty supporting and graduating students, especially those from low-income families, due to the diminished state budgets. She said too many people have become “comfortable with broken promises for Coloradans.” Chalkboard Colorado

“The role of rural and regional colleges has been ignored for too long … and they deserve more support.” Open Campus

ASU System approves Henderson cuts; faculty jobs and degree programs slashed.” Arkansas Democrat Herald, May 6, 2022

New research alliance spotlights regional public colleges.” InsideHigher Ed, July 27, 2021

Regional Public Universities don’t need rescuing.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 21, 2021

New study warns of COVID-19’s impact on rural colleges and communities.” The Well News, January 26, 2021

Misperceptions about the regional public.” Open Campus, January 14, 2021

How COVID threatens the regional college.” Open Campus, June 19, 2020

Colorado hopes a new higher ed funding formula will make a difference for students. It might not be easy.” Chalkbeat Colorado, August 11, 2020

Rural-Serving Institutions

“Their mission is to really align themselves with whatever their community needs,” Colorado Public Radio

How does higher ed define a rural-serving college?” Higher Ed Dive, February 1, 2022

Why a rural-serving college might look different than you think.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 1, 2022

New group looks to redefine rural higher education policy.” Politico, January 31, 2022

Can A Tiny College Help Rescue A Colorado Coal Town?” Colorado Public Radio, April 7, 2021.

Higher Education Policy and Finance

“As we continue to push on-time completion, how does that work against goals that students have for themselves?” InsideHigherEd

“Covid has been the nasty olive in this cocktail.” The Chronicle of Higher Education

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