1st Edition

Unlocking Opportunity through Broadly Accessible Institutions

Edited By Gloria Crisp, Kevin R. McClure, Cecilia M. Orphan Copyright 2022
    274 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    274 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This groundbreaking resource highlights the unique mission and purpose of bachelor’s degree granting accessible institutions (BAIs), exploring the challenges and opportunities present within these institutions, and offering a counterpoint to the current dialogue that frames these institutions with a deficit-perspective.

    Featuring a broad range of esteemed and influential voices in the field of higher education, policy research, and administration, this unique collection argues that BAIs are an important but overlooked category of institutions in American post-secondary education, and demonstrates the critical role that BAIs play in the higher education landscape, distinct from traditional community colleges and elite universities. Chapters cover key issues such as educational policy, leadership opportunities, faculty, the role of geography, racial equity, and developmental education.

    Ultimately, this edited volume challenges damaging assumptions about the organizational nature, purpose, and role of BAIs in shaping educational opportunity for diverse student populations, and therefore contributes valuable scholarship to the ongoing dialogue and debate around achieving equity in higher education access in the United States.

    Part I: Overview of Broadly Accessible Bachelor’s Granting Institutions

    1 Introduction: Broadly Accessible Colleges and Universities
    Gloria Crisp, Kevin R. McClure, and Cecilia M. Orphan

    2 Questioning Assumptions about Accessible Bachelor’s Granting Institutions
    Gloria Crisp, Rebecca Robertson, and Anthony J. Garrison-Engbrecht

    3 The Geography of Public Broad Access Universities
    Nicholas Hillman, Jared Colston, Joshua Bach-Hanson, and Audrey Peek

    Part II: History and Evolution of Broadly Accessible Institutions 

    4 The Critical Role of Broad-Access Institutions in Serving Rural Communities: Good as Gold
    Andrew Koricich and Alisa Hicklin Fryar

    5 The Evolving Missions and Functions of Accessible Colleges and Universities
    Joshua Travis Brown

    6 Complicating the Study of Prestige Seeking Among Broad Access Institutions
    Desiree D. Zerquera

    7 Community Colleges and Broad Access Colleges/Universities as Antagonists and Allies in Conferring Baccalaureate Degrees
    Debra D. Bragg, Elizabeth Apple Meza, and Maria Claudia Soler

    Part III: Policies and Practices Impacting Leadership and Decision-Making at Broadly Accessible Institutions 

    8 Supporting Students of Color at Broad Access Colleges and Universities: The Potential of Federal Policy
    Mike Hoa Nguyen, Sara Boxell, and Cheryl D. Ching

    9 Current Trends in Developmental Education Policy and their Implications for Broad Access Institutions
    Erin Doran

    10 Faculty at Broad Access Institutions
    Karley A. Riffe, Garry D. Morgan II, and Jessie Johns

    11 Presidential Leadership at Broad Access Institutions: Analyzing Literature for Current Applications and Future Research
    Jorge Burmicky and Kevin R. McClure

    Part IV: Contributions of Broadly Accessible Institutions to Educational Opportunity and Equity 

    12 The Role of Accessible Colleges and Universities in Promoting Racial Equity in Access to and Completion of Bachelor’s Degrees
    Jonathan M. Turk

    13 Exploring the Intersection between Broad Access Institutions and Transfer
    Jason L. Taylor, Edén Cortes-López, and Sheena Kauppila

    14 Broad Access Institutions in Crisis? Institutional Vulnerability, State Divestment, and the Racial Graduation Gap
    Barrett J. Taylor and Brendan Cantwell

    15 Unlocking Opportunity: Towards a Counter-Narrative of Broadly Accessible Institutions
    Kevin R. McClure, Cecilia M. Orphan, and Gloria Crisp


    Gloria Crisp is Professor of Adult and Higher Education at Oregon State University, USA.

    Kevin R. McClure is Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, USA and Co-Director of the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges.

    Cecilia M. Orphan is Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Denver, USA and Co-Director of the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges.