“The joint effects of goal clarity and task significance on performance: A laboratory experiment.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Derrick and Justin Stritch (Arizona State University) examine the relationship between goal clarity, task significance and individual-level task performance, finding that goal clarity and performance are positively correlated, while an individual’s belief that their task is more significant may in fact lower performance.


Radio guest. “Apollo Education Group and Other For-Profit Schools are Struggling.” KJZZ. July 2, 2015.

Derrick discusses the challenges facing for-profit universities attempting to balance education with the need to satisfy shareholders and the effects of resource constraints on innovation with Steve Goldstein on KJZZ.
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“Managing Institutional Research Advancement: Implications from a university faculty time allocation study”. Research in Higher Education. With Catherine Slade. 

Derrick and Catherine Slade (Georgia Regents University) examine the effects of administrative pressure on faculty researchers to pursue grants, finding that increases in pressure are associated with increases in grant pursuit, but also an increase in the pursuit of uninteresting research and a decrease in work satisfaction.

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Television guest. “For-profit universities” Arizona Horizon. PBS Eight. July 1, 2015.  

Derrick discusses the new gainful employment rule and the reasons for the Obama Administration regulatory crackdown on for-profit colleges with Ted Simons on Arizona Horizon.
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Media mention. “Obama pushes for-profit college to the brink” by Allie Grasgreen for Politico. July 1, 2015. 

Derrick is mentioned in this article about higher education regulation by Politico’s Allie Grasgreen
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“Unfulfilled promise: Laboratory experiments in public administration research.” Public Management Review. 17(10): 1518-1542. With Barry Edwards.

Derrick and Barry Edwards (University of Central Florida) make the case for increased laboratory experimentation in public management, arguing that when utilized properly, this underappreciated approach to research has led to important contributions in areas of decision-making and motivation.

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Media mention. “What will your college degree do for you? Big data could answer the question, but only if we let it. By Eric Schulzke for Deseret News. May 13, 2015. 

In this article by Eric Schulzke of the Deseret News, Derrick discusses some of the methodological challenges facing efforts to assess university performance
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Radio guest. “Some Arizona Leaders Want to Make College a Debt-Free Experience.” KJZZ. May 1, 2015. 

KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein interviews Derrick about the design and strategy challenges facing for-profit universities.
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Research universities are for undergraduates, whether they know it or not.” Deseret News. April 24, 2015. With Michael Crow.  

Derrick is joined by ASU President Dr. Michael Crow to discuss how engaging students in the process of knowledge creation and dissemination makes research universities uniquely suited to provide undergraduate students opportunities for lifelong adaptive learning.
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“Technology and the enhancement of national statistical capacity” SSRN. With Andrew Whitford 

Derrick and Andrew Whitford (University of Georgia) examine the impact of general purpose technologies on a country’s national statistical capacity, finding that nations with greater technological attainment have more capacity for gathering and processing quality data.

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Media mention. “Blending innovation, cultural riches to develop a new university.” by Marissa Huth for ASUNews. December 1, 2014.  

Derrick is quoted in this article on a symposium on institutional design of universities in Ecuador by ASU News’ Marissa Huth.
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For-profit Universities are Not Inherently Bad.” Boston Globe. November 16, 2014. With Barry Bozeman.  

Derrick and Barry Bozeman (Arizona State University) argue that for-profit universities are not inherently bad, and suggest pathways for them to enhance their social value.
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Online learning: Optimism, Pessimism and Realism.” Deseret News. September 17, 2014. With Michael Crow. 

Derrick and ASU President Dr. Michael Crow make the case that online education, while neither a universal good or evil, can be used to augment traditional learning while scaling up an enterprise of highly responsive, personalized education.
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“Public policy and the origins of bureaucratic red tape: Implications of the Stanford Yacht Scandal.” Administration and Society. With Barry Bozeman. 

Using the 1988 Stanford yacht scandal as a case study, Derrick and Barry Bozeman (Arizona State University) present a “convergent indicators” approach to examine the public policy origins of bureaucratic red tape.


“Agenda setting in emergent R&D policy subsystems: Examining discourse effects of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act.Review of Policy Research. 30(5): 447-463. With Catherine Slade. 

Derrick and Catherine Slade (Georgia Regents University) examine the public discourse related to societal concerns surrounding nanotechnology through a public values lens, beginning with the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act.

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“The cochlear implant controversy: Lessons learned for using anticipatory governance to address societal concerns of nano-scale neural interface technologies”. Nanotechnology, the Brain and the Future. Eds. Clark Miller, Jason Robert and Ira Bennett. Series Editor David H. Guston. 

Drawing from the case of cochlear implants, Derrick examines the potential ethical, legal and social controversies that may emerge with the advent of nano-scale neural interface technologies.


Fisher, E.; Slade, C.; Anderson, D.; and Bozeman, B. (2010). “The Public Value of Nanotechnology?”. Scientometrics 85(1): 29-39. With Erik Fisher, Catherine Slade, and Barry Bozeman 

Through a content analysis of over 1,000 public documents, Derrick, along with Erik Fisher (Arizona State University), Catherine Slade (Georgia Regents University) and Barry Bozeman (Arizona State University) demonstrate that a quantitative analysis of value statements can provide a credible and robust basis for policy analysis.

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