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Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies, Florida International University

Amy Li is an assistant professor of higher education at Florida International University. Her research focuses on higher education finance and public policy, specifically performance funding, promise programs, student loan debt, state appropriations, and policy adoption. She studies the impact of local and state policies on college access and completion and is particularly interested in outcomes for historically underrepresented populations.

Experience

  • 2020–present
    Assistant Professor, Florida International University
  • 2016–2020
    Assistant Professor, University of Northern Colorado

Education

  • 2016 
    University of Washington, PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Publications

  • 2020
    Li, A.Y., & Gándara, D. (2020). The promise of “free” tuition and program design features: Impacts on first-time college enrollment, In L.W. Perna & E.J. Smith (Eds.), Improving research-based knowledge of college promise programs (pp. 219-239). American Educational Research Association.
  • 2020
    Li, A.Y. (2020). Dollars and sense: Student price sensitivity to law school tuition, Journal of Law, Business, and Ethics, 26(Winter), 47-70.
  • 2020
    Li, A.Y. (2020). Performance funding policy impacts on STEM degree attainment, Educational Policy, 34(2), 312-349.
  • 2020
    Li, A.Y. (2020). Budgeting processes in higher education institutions, In M.E. David & M.J. Amey (Eds.), The SAGE encyclopedia of higher education. SAGE Publications.
  • 2019
    Li, A.Y., & Zumeta, W. (2019). Helping students or just taking their cuts? How prioritization of state student aid programs responds to downturns in higher education appropriations, Teachers College Record, 121(8), 1-38.
  • 2019
    Li, A.Y., & Ortagus, J.C. (2019). Raising the stakes: Impacts of the Complete College Tennessee Act on underserved student enrollment and sub-baccalaureate credentials, The Review of Higher Education, 43(1), 295-333.
  • 2019
    Li, A. Y. (2019). The weight of the metric: Performance funding and the retention of historically underserved students, The Journal of Higher Education, 90(6), 965–991
  • 2018
    Li, A.Y., Gándara, D., & Assalone, A. (2018). Equity or disparity: Do performance funding policies disadvantage 2-year minority-serving institutions?, Community College Review, 46(3), 288-315.
  • 2018
    Li, A.Y., & Kennedy, A.I. (2018). Performance funding policy effects on community college outcomes: Are short-term certificates on the rise?, Community College Review, 46(1), 3-39.
  • 2017
    Li, A.Y. (2017). Covet thy neighbor or “reverse policy diffusion”? State adoption of performance funding 2.0, Research in Higher Education, 58(7), 746-771.
  • 2017
    Kelchen, R., & Li, A.Y. (2017). Institutional accountability: A comparison of the predictors of student loan repayment and default rates, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 671(1), 202-223
  • 2017
    Li. A.Y. (2017). Dramatic declines in higher education appropriations: State conditions for budget punctuations, Research in Higher Education, 58(4), 395-429.
  • 2017
    Li. A.Y. (2017). The point of the point: Washington’s Student Achievement Initiative through the looking glass of a community college, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 41(3), 183-202.