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.
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.