3rd Edition

Public Policy and Higher Education Reframing Strategies for Preparation, Access, and College Success

    334 Pages 80 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    334 Pages 80 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Public Policy and Higher Education, 3rd Edition provides readers with the tools to examine how policies affect students’ access and success in college. Rather than arguing for a single approach, the authors use research-based evidence and consider political and historical values and beliefs to examine how policymakers and higher education administrators can inform and influence change within systems of higher education. Raising new questions and examining recent developments, this fully updated edition is an invaluable resource for graduate students, administrators, policymakers, and researchers who seek to learn more about the crucial contexts underlying policy decisions and college access. This third edition includes updates across the board to reflect current policy contexts. Expanded historical frameworks allow readers to better understand preparation, access, persistence and the development of state education systems.  New considerations of state and national political ideologies help to inform contemporary contexts. Finally, refreshed cases, including an additional case about Florida and updated cases for California, Minnesota, Indiana, and North Carolina, equip readers with new ways to analyze complex state policies and their impact on higher education.


    Special Features:

    • Case Studies— help readers to build their skills in analyzing how political values, beliefs, and traditions influence policy decisions and adaptations within state systems.
    • Reflective Questions—encourage readers to discuss state and campus contexts for policy decisions and to consider the strategies used in a state or institution.
    • Approachable Explanations—unpack complex public policies and financial strategies for readers who seek understanding of public policy in higher education.
    • Research-Based Recommendations—explore how policymakers, higher education administrators, and faculty can work together to improve quality, diversity, and financial stewardship.

    1. Introduction  Part I: Reframing Higher Education Policy  2. Public Policy and Higher Education: Global Competitiveness, Political Divisions, and Reframing Strategies  3. Reframing Policy Matters: Political Ideologies, Policy Studies, and Research Evidence  4. Reframing Preparation: From Pathways to STEM Pipeline and Economic Stratification  5. College Access: From Equal Opportunity to Economic Stratification  6. Reframing College Success: Civic Leadership, Economic Uplift, and Financial Wellbeing  Part II: State Cases  7. The Old Liberal Model: The California Case  8. The Market Model Reconsidered: The Minnesota Case  9. The Eroding Balanced Model: The Indiana Case  10. From Merit Aid to MAGA Reforms: The Florida Case  11: Conservative-Progressive Tensions: The North Carolina Case



    Nathan J. Daun-Barnett is Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA.

    Edward P. St. John is Professor Emeritus at the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan, USA.