Dr. Lyle McKinney

Dr. Lyle McKinney


Title: Associate Professor & Ph.D. Program Director

Department: Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Program: Higher Education

Office Number: 481 FH

Phone: 713-743-1784

Email: llmckinney@uh.edu

Research Interests:

I study college affordability and degree completion. I am particularly interested in improving educational outcomes for low-income students. My research focuses on community colleges, financial aid, and higher education policy.

Courses Taught:

CUST 6370: Cultural Foundations of American Education
CUST 8378: Current Issues in Education
CUST 8375: The History and Philosophy of Higher Education
ELCS 6336: The Two-Year College
ELCS 6338: American Higher Education
ELCS 6380: Educational Policy and Planning
ELCS 6393: Internship in Educational Leadership
ELCS 8355: Policy, Politics, and Governance in Higher Education


Recent Publications:

McKinney, L., Novak, H., Hagedorn, L.S., & Luna-Torres, M. (In Press). Giving up on a course: An analysis of course dropping behaviors among community college students. Research in Higher Education.

Luna-Torres, M., Leafgreen, M., & McKinney, L. (2017). Leveraging guided pathways to improve financial aid design and delivery. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 47(2), 101-110.

Mukherjee, M., Luna-Torres, M., McKinney, L., Shefman, P., Wade, J., & Breed, R. (2017). Redesigning financial aid to better support community college borrowers. Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, 24(1), 27-41.

McKinney, L. & Hagedorn, L.S. (2017). Performance-based funding for community colleges: Are colleges disadvantaged by serving the most disadvantaged students? Journal of Higher Education, 88(2), 159-182.

McKinney, L., Backscheider Burridge, A., & Mukherjee, M. (2017). Occupational certificates: Examining student characteristics and enrollment outcomes across the public and for-profit sectors. Teachers College Record, 119(12).

Mukherjee, M., McKinney, L., Hagedorn, L.S., Purnamasari, A, & Martinez, F.S. (2017). Stretching every dollar: The impact of personal financial stress on the enrollment behaviors of working and non-working community college students. Community College Journal of Research & Practice, 41(9), 551-565.

Donaldson, P. & McKinney, L., Lee, M., & Pino, D. (2016). First-year community college students’ perceptions of and attitudes towards intrusive academic advising. NACADA Journal of the National Association of Academic Advising, 36(1), 30-42.

McKinney, L., Mukherjee, M., Wade, J., Shefman, P., & Breed, R. (2015). Community college students’ assessments of the costs and benefits of borrowing to finance higher education. Community College Review, 43(4), 329-354.

McKinney, L. & Backscheider-Burridge, A. (2015). Helping or hindering? The effects of loans on community college student persistence. Research in Higher Education, 56 (4), 299-324.

McKinney, L. & Novak, H. (2015). FAFSA filing among first-year college students: Who files on time, who doesn't, and why does it matter? Research in Higher Education, 56 (1), 1-28.

Rehak, P. & McKinney, L. (2015). Utilizing course evaluation data to improve student learning and success in developmental math courses. Community College Journal of Research & Practice, 39, 199-203.

McKinney, L., Scicchitano, M. & Johns, T. (2014). The community college baccalaureate: Implications for institutional policy and planning. Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, 21(2), 47-52.

McKinney, L., Gross, J. P. K., & Backscheider-Burridge, A. (2014). How community colleges can help prevent financial hardship among student borrowers. Community College Journal of Research & Practice, 38, 270-274.

McKinney, L., Roberts, T. & Shefman, P. (2013). Perspectives and experiences of financial aid counselors on community college students who borrow. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 43(1), 3-17.

McKinney, L. & Novak, H. (2013). The relationship between FAFSA filing and persistence among first-year community college students. Community College Review, 41(1), 63-85.

McKinney, L., Scicchitano, M. & Johns, T. (2013). A national survey of community college baccalaureate institutions. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 37, 54-63.

McKinney, L. & Roberts, T. (2012). The role of community college financial aid counselors in helping students understand and utilize financial aid. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 36(10), 761-774.

Novak, H. & McKinney, L. (2011). The consequences of leaving money on the table: Examining the persistence of first-year students who do not file a FAFSA. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 41(3), 5-23

McKinney, L. & Morris, P.A. (2010). Examining an evolution: A case study of organizational change accompanying the community college baccalaureate. Community College Review, 37(3), 187-208.

McKinney, L. (2010). Evaluability assessment: Laying the foundation for effective evaluation of a community college retention program. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 34(4), 299-317.

Morris, P.A. & McKinney, L. (2010). Benefits of the community college baccalaureate: Perspectives and reflections from college administrators in Florida. Journal of the New Comprehensive College, 2(1), 21-25.

Sadler, T.D., Burgin, S., McKinney, L., & Ponjuan, L. (2010). Learning science through research apprenticeships: A critical review of the literature. The Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 47(3), 235-256.

Sadler, T.D. & McKinney, L. (2010). Scientific research for undergraduate students: A review of the literature. Journal of College Science Teaching, 39(5), 43-49.

McKinney, L. (2009). An analysis of policy solutions to improve the efficiency and equity of Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarship Program. Florida Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 2(1), 85-101.

Grants Funded:

McKinney, L. (2013-2016). Using longitudinal transcript analysis to better understand academic momentum and success among urban community college students in Texas. Greater Texas Foundation Faculty Fellowship Program.

McKinney, L. & Backscheider Burridge, A. (2012-13). Helping or hindering? How loan borrowing impacts certificate and associate’s degree attainment among community college students. Association for Institutional Research (AIR), the National Science Foundation, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative under AIR Research Grants Program.

McKinney, L. (2011-2012). The Effects of Loan Borrowing and Indebtedness on the Success of Community College Students. University of Houston, Small Grants Program.

McKinney, L. & Horn, C. (2011-12). Interconnecting Higher Education: Using Online Education to Enhance Preparation of Higher Education Leaders. University of Houston, Faculty Development Initiative Program.

Novak, H. & McKinney, L. (2011-12). Leaving Money on the Table: Examining the Persistence of First-Year College Students who do not apply for Federal Financial Aid. National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) Sponsored Research Grant Program.

McKinney, L. & Novak, H. (2011-12). Failure to File: Examining the Characteristics and Persistence Rates of Community College Students who do not file a FAFSA. Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) Research Grant.

McKinney, L. (2011-12). The Community College Baccalaureate: Implications for State Policy and Institutional Practice. University of Houston, New Faculty Research Grant.



Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration (Minor: Educational Policy), University of Florida, 2010