State Postsecondary Education Research New Methods to Inform Policy and Practice

ISBN-10: 1579222110
ISBN-13: 9781579222116
Edition: 2007
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Description: This is an opportune time for researchers in higher education to examine policy via cross-state comparative analyses. Momentous court, legislative and policy developments that impact state-level higher education policy are emerging at a rapid rate.  More...

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Book details

List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 4/10/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

This is an opportune time for researchers in higher education to examine policy via cross-state comparative analyses. Momentous court, legislative and policy developments that impact state-level higher education policy are emerging at a rapid rate. The states have emerged as postsecondary policy innovators in the areas of student financing, institutional accountability, and student access. Following political scientists' "rediscovery" of states as units of analysis--because they constitute unique "natural laboratories" for testing theory and hypotheses about political behavior and policy adoption dynamics--this book introduces this perspective as an increasingly important tool for researchers in higher education. State Postsecondary Education Research provides an in-depth examination of the challenges and opportunities inherent in conducting cross-state higher education policy research. The authors of each chapter use their individual research projects to demonstrate the array of methodological, theoretical, analytical, and political challenges inherent in conducting comparative state-level policy research. Among the innovative methods described is the use of pooled cross-sectional time-series analytic techniques and event history analysis--now widespread within the disciplines of economics and political science--to shift the unit of analysis from the state to the state-year, thus expanding greatly both the statistical power of the models being tested and the data-demands of those models. The goal is to introduce comparative state-level postsecondary policy research to a broader audience, and to contribute to discussions of both the challenges and the importance of this approach to higher education policy research. The book is intended as a resource for researchers in higher education policy and as a text for higher education policy courses. It may also appeal to scholars of educational policy as well as higher education policymakers.

Susan D. Johnson is a research analyst for the Office of University Planning, Institutional Research, and Accountability at Indiana University.

Carla L. Morelon-Quainoo is the Director of Assessment and Dean of Honors at Dillard University.

Introduction: The Challenges of Comparative State-Level Higher Education Policy Research
Incorporating Political Indicators Into Comparative State Study of Higher Education Policy
Can Access to Community Colleges for Low-Income Adults Be Improved?: Testing a Model of the Policy Change Process Across Six Diverse States
The Role of Higher Education in State Budgets
Tracking How Ideas Become Higher Education Policy and Practice: The Challenges of Gathering Comparative State Policy Implementation Data
Challenges to Designing Cross-State Measures of State Resources for Higher Education
Developing Public Agendas for Higher Education: Lessons for Comparative Higher Education State Policy
Contributors
Index

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