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Public Policy and Higher Education

Reframing Strategies for Preparation, Access, and Success

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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.

Special Features:

  • Case Studies—allow readers to examine strategies used by different types of colleges to improve access and retention.
  • Reflective Exercises—encourage readers to discuss state and campus context for policy decisions and to think about 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.

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.

Table of Contents


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

About the Authors

Edward P. St. John is Algo D. Henderson Collegiate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Michigan, USA.

Nathan Daun-Barnett is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA.

Karen M. Moronski-Chapman is a doctoral candidate in the Center for the Study of Higher & Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan, USA.

About the Series

Core Concepts in Higher Education

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.

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