Policy and Performance in American Higher Education
An Examination of Cases across State Systems
Public institutions of higher learning are called upon by state governments to provide educational access and opportunity for students. Paradoxically, the education policies enacted by state legislatures are often complex and costly to implement, which can ultimately detract from that mission. Richard Richardson, Jr., and Mario Martinez evaluate the higher education systems of five states to explain how these policies are developed and how they affect the performance of individual institutions.
The authors compare the higher education systems of New Mexico, California, South Dakota, New York, and New Jersey and describe the difficulty of enforcing state policies amid increasing demands for greater efficiency and accountability. In the process they identify the "rules in use"—rules that are central to the coherence and performance of higher education systems—that administrators apply to meet organizational goals within the constraints of changing, sometimes conflicting federal and state policies.
Incorporating rich data from seven years of observations, interviews, and research, Richardson and Martinez offer a clear comparative framework for understanding state higher education.
About the Authors
"This is a unique approach to higher education policy."—Mary Catharine Lennon, Academic Matters
"Policy and Performance in American Higher Education is a valiant attempt to shed more light on the many aspects of state systems and how well they work."—Lisa Rosenberg, AACRAO
"[Policy and Performance in American Higher Education] substantially advances[s] our understanding of how governance varies across higher education systems."—John J. Cheslock, Journal of Higher Education
"This book will be a valuable resource to higher education leaders, planners, scholars, state policy makers, and students of higher education."—Jeffrey W. Alstete, Review of Higher Education
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