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1st Edition

Unlocking Opportunity through Broadly Accessible Institutions

ISBN 9780367564223
Published December 30, 2021 by Routledge
274 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.