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ERIC Number: ED513527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-21
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Addressing Opportunity in Wisconsin's Four-Year Universities: A Comparative Analysis of State College Access Programs. WISCAPE Policy Brief
Stransky, Beth; Good, Annalee
Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (NJ1)
This brief explores three examples of state policies designed to help students and families cope with rising tuition costs at four-year institutions: the Wisconsin Covenant, the Georgia HOPE Scholarship Program, and the Indiana Twenty-first Century Scholars Program. Although the authors acknowledge the important role two-year colleges play in Wisconsin's higher education system, they have chosen to limit the scope of this analysis to public four-year colleges and universities. Policy directed at increasing access has traditionally focused on these institutions because they offer the most direct route to a bachelor's degree, which in turn can provide financial rewards for the individual and the state. They evaluate the Covenant, a relatively new state program, in comparison to Twenty-first Century Scholars and HOPE--two of the first and longest-standing state scholarship programs focused on access to higher education--in terms of efficiency, equity, and political feasibility. They recommend that the state of Wisconsin adopt a hybrid model--one that integrates components of the existing Wisconsin Covenant with state scholarships targeted to low-income students--in order to provide students, families, the higher education system, and the state with the highest levels of efficiency and equity. Appended are: (1) Returns to a Bachelor's Degree; (2) Selected State Scholarship Programs; and (3) Policy Goal Matrices. (Contains 4 tables and 18 notes.)
Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 326 Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706-1386. Tel: 608-265-6342; Fax: 608-262-4881; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education
Identifiers - Location: Georgia; Indiana; Wisconsin