Sarah Yoshikawa

Institutional Research Associate, Loyola Marymount University

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Yoshikawa is interested in higher education finance policies and how they shape the ways institutions can carry out their missions. In particular, she is interested in the impact of the changing economic and political climate on institutional expenditures and performance, as well as the implications for individuals from different demographic backgrounds. Her current research projects examine institutional responses to shifting reliance across revenue sources and the degree to which different students benefit from these changes.


Do Public Universities Use Resources to Widen Opportunity?

  • Luciana Dar


"Surviving and Thriving: The Adaptive Responses of U.S. Four-Year Colleges and Universities during the Great Recession " (with Steven Brint, Matthew B. Rotondi, Tiffany Viggiano, and John Maldonado). The Journal of Higher Education 87, no. 6 (2016): 859-889.

Addresses the gaps in outcomes of the Great Recession for U.S. four-year colleges and universities. Identifies four clusters of institutional responses: "consumer service," "market search," "growing and greening," and "the complete arsenal." Emphasizes the interorganizational stratification as an influence on adaptive responses.

"Higher Education Institutions Matter: Federalism, Representation and Redistribution," (with Luciana Dar), University of California, Riverside, July 31, 2013.
Describes how the unique characteristics and recent trends in higher education finance in the United States have led to an increase in the discretionary power of higher education institutions over the redistribution of public resources allocated to the higher education sector. Contends that U.S. higher education finance policy constitutes a case of “policy drift” where there is a growing mismatch between the intended and actual beneficiaries of public subsidies.