Rodney P. Hughes

Research Associate - Data Analyst

Rodney P. Hughes is an assistant professor of higher education administration at West Virginia University.  His areas of study include college access and affordability, data use in education, and college and university governance.  He has published articles in the Review of Higher Education (forthcoming) and the Journal of Education Finance and has presented papers at the annual meetings of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP), and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM).  From 2008-2011, Hughes served as student member of the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania State University and served as chair of the Committee on Campus Environment for 2010-2011.  Hughes received a Ph.D. in Higher Education and an M.A. and B.S. in Economics from the Pennsylvania State University and worked as research manager in the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University from 2013-2016.

Publications

Cheslock, J., Hughes, R., Frick-Cardelle, R., & Heller, D. (Forthcoming.) Filling the gap: The use of intentional and incidental need-meeting financial aid in higher education. Review of Higher Education

Koricich, A., Chen, X., & Hughes, R. (Forthcoming.) Understanding the effects of rurality and socioeconomic status on college attendance and institutional choice in the United States. Review of Higher Education

Lozano, J., & Hughes, R. (Forthcoming) Modes of representation among students on higher education governing boards. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management.

Cheslock, J., Hughes, R., & Umbricht, M. (2014). The opportunities, challenges, and strategies associated with the use of operations-oriented (big) data to support decision making within universities. In J. Lane (Ed.), Building a smarter university: Big data, innovation, and analytics (pp. 211-237). Albany, NY: SUNY Press. 

Cheslock, J., & Hughes, R. (2011). Differences across states in higher education finance policy. Journal of Education Finance36(4), 369-393.