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ERIC Number: ED508095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 48
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 43
Case Study of Utah Higher Education. National Center Report #05-1
Bracco, Kathy Reeves; Martinez, Mario
National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
This report examines state policies and performance in the areas of enrollment and affordability. The authors' goal was to better understand the Utah's generally good performance in "Measuring Up 2004: The National Report Card on Higher Education." Utah's historically strong performance, especially in terms of providing affordable higher education, provided an incentive for the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education to further investigate the public policies of Utah that might account for its good performance as documented in "Measuring Up 2004." Interviews for the case study occurred between September 2003 and January 2004. Because Utah has been able to maintain a relatively affordable system at a time when enrollments were increasing, the authors were particularly interested in the relationship between state policies and performance in the areas of enrollment/participation and affordability. The authors begin the case with a look at contextual factors, first for the state in general and then for higher education in particular. They then turn to a discussion of performance in higher education, looking specifically at how Utah performs relative to other states on some key performance measures. Next they look at the array of policies that were discussed during their state interviews, and try to understand the relationship between those policies and Utah's results on the various performance measures. A list of the individuals interviewed for the Utah Case Study (September 2003-January 2004) is appended. (Contains 54 footnotes, 1 figures, and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
Identifiers - Location: Utah
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress