ERIC Number: ED496269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
State Postsecondary Education Research: New Methods to Inform Policy and Practice
Shaw, Kathleen M., Ed.; Heller, Donald E., Ed.
Stylus Publishing, LLC
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. Following the Introduction: the Challenges of Comparative State-Level Higher Education Policy Research (Donald E. Heller), this book contains the following chapters: (1) The Challenges of Conducting Comparative Analyses of State-Level Policy Change Toward Community Colleges: Testing a Theory of Change Across Six Diverse States (Kathleen M. Shaw and Thomas Bailey); (2) Incorporating Political-System Data into Comparative-State Research on Postsecondary Policy: the Opportunities and Challenges of Space and Time (Michael K. McLendon and James C. Hearn); (3) The Role of Higher Education in State Budgets (Jennifer Delaney and Will Doyle); (4) Tracking How New Ideas Become Higher Education Policy and Practice: The Challenges of Gathering Comparative Policy Implementation Data (Sara Y. Goldrick-Rab and Kathleen M. Shaw); (5) Higher Education Resources and Performance: Challenges in Collecting Comparative Financial And Outcome Data (Will Doyle); and (6) Setting Agendas and Developing Policies: Understanding the Politics of State Higher Education Policymaking (Christopher Mazzeo).
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Higher Education, Comparative Analysis, Educational Research, Educational Environment, State Action, Access to Education, Educational Finance, Accountability, Public Policy, Research Methodology, Educational Change, Community Colleges, Politics of Education, Data Analysis
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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