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2nd Edition

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

ISBN 9781138655508
Published March 13, 2018 by Routledge
354 Pages 90 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Public Policy and Higher Education provides readers with new ways to analyze 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. Raising new questions and examining recent developments, this 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.

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.
  • New epilogues and a revised Part III—reexamine themes and encourage critical thinking about inequality and policy change

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 College Preparation

Chapter 5 Access to Higher Education

Chapter 6 College Success and Degree Completion

Epilogue I Federal Update

Part II Cases Studies

Chapter 7 The Old Liberal Model: The California Case

Chapter 8 The Market Model: The Minnesota Case

Chapter 9 Comprehensive Strategy: The Indiana Case

Chapter 10 Unfettered Neoliberalism: The Michigan Case

Chapter 11 The New Progressive South: The North Carolina Case

Epilogue II State Cases

Part III Policy Studies in Higher Education

Chapter 12 Policy Frames

Chapter 13 Policy Research

Chapter 14 Globalizing Contexts

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Edward P. St. John is a 2017–18 Fulbright Scholar at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and is Professor of Higher Education Emeritus at the University of Michigan, USA.

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

Karen M. Moronski-Chapman is Associate Director of Data Analytics at Daemen College, USA.


"Public Policy and Higher Education puts into proper context the current public discourse impacting higher education policy. The state cases presented eloquently unpack the role of the various political ideologies in shaping the policy landscape. This masterful second edition is a must-read for those serious about addressing equity issues from a social justice framework."
—Christopher B. Newman, Associate Professor, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, University of San Diego, USA

Praise for the First Edition "This important book breaks new theoretical ground in a timely, meaningful, and rigorously applied manner. No other book provides such a clear comparison of state policy and market models"
—Joseph B. Berger, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Engagement in the School of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst