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PhD, University of Colorado Denver
Associate Professor
Director, EdPolicyForward
Education Policy

Contact Information

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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
West Building 2004
4400 University Dr.
MS 6D2
Fairfax, VA 22030

Arlington Campus
Van Metre Hall 735
3351 Fairfax Dr.
MS 3B1
Arlington, VA 22201

Research Interests

Higher Education and Student Financial Aid, Workforce Development

Recent Publications

Protopsaltis, S., & Baum, S. (2019). "Loosening Standards, Widening Inequalities." Chronicle of Higher Education. Available here

Protopsaltis, S., & Baum, S. (2019). Does Online Education Live Up to Its Promise? A Look at the Evidence and Implications for Federal Policy. Available here

Protopsaltis, S., & McCann, C. (2018). "Misguided Effort to Dismantle Federal Protections." Inside Higher Ed. Available here

Protopsaltis, S. (2017). "For-Profit Colleges May Be Headed for A New Boom Cycle — Thanks to the Trump Administration." Washington Post. Available here

Protopsaltis, S., & Masiuk, L. (2017). Protecting Students and Taxpayers: Why the Trump Administration Should Heed History of Bipartisan Efforts. Washington, DC: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Available here

Protopsaltis, S., & Parrott, S. (2017). Pell Grants - a Key Tool for Expanding College Access and Economic Opportunity - Need Strengthening, Not Cuts. Washington, DC: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Available here

Protopsaltis, S., & Shireman, R. (2017). College Regulator Proves Asleep at the Wheel.  Washington, DC: Century Foundation. Available here

Zahariadis, N., & Protopsaltis, S. (2015). “Multiple Streams Framework.” In Domonic A. Bearfield and Melvin J. Dubnick (eds.) Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, Third Edition. New York: Taylor and Francis.

Protopsaltis, S. (2010). “Multiple Streams Framework.” In Evan Berman (ed.) Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, Second Edition. New York: Taylor and Francis.

Protopsaltis, S. (2006). "Political and Policy Dynamics of Higher Education Governance and Financial Reform: The Shaping of the First College Voucher System," University of Houston Law Center, Institute for Higher Education Law & Governance, Monograph Series (06-02). Available here

Protopsaltis, S. (2006). “The Colorado Voucher System: Implications for Higher Education,” College and University Journal 81(2): 45-48.

deLeon, P., & Protopsaltis, S. (2005). “Preparing for the Craft of Policy Analysis: The Capstone Experience.”  In Iris Geva-May (ed.) Thinking Like A Policy Analyst: Policy Analysis as a Clinical Profession. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

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