Hironao Okahana

Hironao Okahana

Hironao Okahana

Adjunct Faculty

Hironao Okahana is adjunct faculty in the Higher Education Program at George Mason University. Dr. Okahana is a higher education researcher, currently working for the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) in Washington, D.C. as Director, Statistical Analysis and Policy Research.


Dr. Okahana’s areas of expertise include public policy and finance of postsecondary education, and he has extensive experience with large-scale national data sets. He is a co-principal investigator for two National Science Foundation (NSF) funded projects, “Completion and Attrition in AGEP and non-AGEP Institutions (grant# 1138814)” and “Labor Market Outcomes of STEM Master’s Education (grant# 1538769).” In addition, he performs policy research and analysis on issues pertinent to graduate education, and contributes to development of various CGS reports and formal comments.


As an expert, Dr. Okahana has delivered presentations on the state and implications of U.S. graduate education several occasions, including at the 2014 Access Group Graduate & Professional Financial Aid Conference, the 28th NAGPS National Conference, and the 2016 NAGAP Summer Institute for New Graduate Enrollment Management Professionals. He is also an active member of the American Educational Research Association and Association for the Study of Higher Education.


Dr. Okahana earned his PhD in Education and MPP in Public Policy from University of California, Los Angeles, and his undergraduate degrees from California State University, Long Beach. While pursuing his doctorate, he received the National Summer Data Policy Institute Fellowship from the Association for Institutional Research in 2010 and Institute for Training in Education Evaluation Fellowship from the University of California Educational Evaluation Center in 2012.


Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Dr. Okahana currently lives in Fairfax, VA with his wife, Saleha Bholat, who is a full-time instructor of communication at the Loudoun campus of Northern Virginia Community College.



CTCH792: Special topics in higher education (Higher education policy) (Summer 2015)

HE722: Organization and administration in higher education (Fall 2016)