Amid changing economic and social contexts, radical changes have occurred in public higher education policies over the past three decades. Public Policy and Higher Education provides readers with new ways to analyze these complex state policies and offers the tools to examine how policies affect students’ access and success in college. Rather than arguing for a single approach, the authors examine how policymakers and higher education administrators can work to inform and influence change within systems of higher education using research-based evidence along with consideration of political and historical values and beliefs.
This textbook 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.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Part I The National Policy Discourse
Chapter 2 Political Ideologies and Policy Matters
Chapter 3 Policy Frames and Market Forces
Chapter 4 High School Preparation
Chapter 5 College Access
Chapter 6 Degree Attainment
Part II Cases Studies
Chapter 7 The Old Liberal Model: The California Case
Chapter 8 The Market Model: The Minnesota Case
Chapter 9 Merit Aid: The Florida Case
Chapter 10 Comprehensive Strategy: The Indiana Case
Chapter 11 Unfettered Neoliberalism: The Michigan Case
Chapter 12 The New Progressive South: The North Carolina Case
Part III Reframing Strategies
Chapter 13 Reframing Policy Decisions
Chapter 14 Reframing the Social Good
Core Concepts in Higher Education is a textbook series for the education of new professionals, covering the core areas of study in the field of higher education and student affairs. This timely and dependable series provides the necessary tools to ensure practice is informed by theory and research. The books in this series invite students to think critically about the field to discover what has been left out and what needs to be learned, and also provides frameworks and constructs for addressing challenges facing higher education. The Core Concepts in Higher Education series moves thought, action, and scholarship forward by valuing, reconstructing, and building on the foundations of the field. Through a rich combination of research, theory, and practice, this series aims to move the field into a new generation of scholarship to better prepare students for authentic leadership of our colleges, universities, and academic communities.