Harnisch's research focuses on state and federal higher education policy, including issues related to finance, student success, and quality. Overarching themes in Harnisch's writings include the role of state and federal funding in college affordability, the regulatory triad, the role of institutional leadership, and advocacy strategies for advancing public higher education as a state priority. Harnisch serves on the IPEDS Technical Review Panel, the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC), the Task Force on the SHEEO SHEF report, and other groups related to higher education policy.
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Describes some of the challenges and opportunities presented by state free community college plans., American Association of State Colleges and Universities , 05/2016.
Outlines the problems of state-level financing plans that allow students to go to college for free in exchange for a percent of their salaries for an extended period of time after graduation., American Association of State Colleges and Universities, 07/2014.
Provides a framework for a risk-sharing policy for federal student loans., American Association of State Colleges and Universities, 2017.
Discusses the numerous shortcomings of the current approach to accreditation in higher education.
Examines the role of business-led advocacy coalitions, including their effectiveness in advancing higher education as a state policy priority., The George Washington University, January 31, 2016.