Hu's research focuses on the impact of state policies and institutional initiatives on educational equity issues in the postsecondary context. Overarching themes in Hu's writings include community colleges, state funding, and educational outcomes of historically minoritized students. Hu serves as a member-at-large on the board of directors for the Council for Studies of Community Colleges.
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Finds that, in general, performance-based funding (PBF_ research incentives had no impact on research expenditures or the total amount of state appropriations allocated to treated institutions, regardless of MSI status.
Focuses on affirmative action bans in Oklahoma and New Hampshire, we find that the adoption of affirmative action bans is not associated with the average full-time or part-time retention rates for public colleges and universities in these two states.
Mentions that on the Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP), we found that TRIP is associated with increases in revenue from the state and private gifts, which suggests that policymakers can leverage public investment to incentivize private donations.
Discuses college students' course-taking patterns can predict their likelihood of being a near-completion community college student. Shows community college students who have taken and passed a large number of developmental courses are more likely to leave college without a credential.
Finds that community college baccalaureate (CCB) program adoption is associated with increases in tuition and fees at adopting public community colleges.