States and Public Higher Education Policy Affordability, Access, and Accountability

ISBN-10: 1421401223
ISBN-13: 9781421401225
Edition: 2nd 2011
Authors: Donald E. Heller
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Description: Affordability, access, and accountability have long been among the central challenges facing higher education -- and they remain so today. Here, Donald E. Heller and other higher education scholars and practitioners explore the current debates  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 8/2/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Affordability, access, and accountability have long been among the central challenges facing higher education -- and they remain so today. Here, Donald E. Heller and other higher education scholars and practitioners explore the current debates surrounding these key issues. As students and their families struggle to meet rising tuition prices, and as state resources for funding higher education dwindle, policymakers confront issues of affordability within state and institutional budgets. Changing demographics and challenges to affirmative action complicate the admissions process even as colleges and universities seek to diversify enrollments. And issues of institutional accountability have forced the restructuring of higher education governing boards and a reexamination of the role of public trustees in governance. This collection analyzes how issues of affordability, access, and accountability influence the way in which state governments approach, monitor, and set public higher education policy. The contributors examine the latest research on pressing challenges, explore how states are coping with these challenges, and consider what the future holds for public postsecondary education in the United States. Praise for the first edition "Affordability, access, and accountability will continue to be hot-button issues as legislators at all levels address constituents' concerns about their children's future... Any administrator who wants to gain a deeper understanding of these issues... might do well to spend some time with these essays." -- University Business

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Affbrdability, Access, and Accountability in Twenty-first Century Public Higher Education
Affordability
Trends in the Affordability of Public Colleges and Universities: The Contradiction of Increasing Prices and Increasing Enrollment
The Continuing Paradox of Public College Tuition Inflation
Reforming How States Finance Higher Education
Access
Reframing Access and Opportunity: Public Policy Dimensions
Race-Conscious Decision-Making in a State-Driven Admissions Process: Texas, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Top Ten Percent Plan
After Proposition 209: Post-Affirmative Action College Access Policy in California
Accountability
Assessing Student Learning Outcomes in College: The Role of the States
Accountability Policies: Directions Old and New
Responses to the Call for Public Accountability: Using Student Data Systems to Facilitate Improvement in Degree Attainment
Conclusion: State Policy and Technology: Aims, Realities, and the Uncertain Future
List of Contributors
Index

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