ERIC Number: ED375786
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
A Framework for Evaluating State Policy Roles in Improving Undergraduate Education: Stimulating Long-Term Systemic Change. State Policy & College Learning.
McGuinness, Aims C., Jr.
This report focuses on the shifting landscape of state roles in higher education and the public policy connections to quality undergraduate programs. The State Policy and College Learning project was initiated to generate state policies that would have a constructive impact on the efforts of colleges and universities to improve undergraduate education. A policy review was carried out in the pilot states of Colorado, Maine, New Jersey, Vermont, and Washington, to determine how specific policies or policy combinations contribute to or detract from organizational practices that support good practice. The pilot states then brought together political and higher education leaders to consider the results of the policy review. The project demonstrated that state issues and interests cannot be addressed in isolation; they must be a part of an examination of the overall, systemic impact of state policy on higher education. It found that each state's history, economy, and political culture are important determinants of higher education policies and practices and that state coordination is in transition. The report concludes with recommendations that states should engage in periodic, comprehensive evaluations of state policy and structure and broaden the array of policy scenarios and choices. An appendix contains the policy audit form. Contains 14 references. (JDD)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Government Role, Higher Education, Models, Policy Analysis, Politics of Education, State Government, Undergraduate Study
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.