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ERIC Number: ED529138
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 153
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1246-3148-6
The Influence of Higher Education Policies on College Readiness at Two Texas Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Bailey, Anthony R.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania
The purpose of the dissertation is to gain insight into how higher education policies can influence institutional performance in Latino postsecondary degree completion; specifically, through an examination of the college readiness efforts of two Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Texas. Over half of all Latinos in postsecondary education in the United States attend a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Texas is an important subject for study as it is one of two states with the largest population of Latinos, and the state has made deliberate efforts to improve Latino degree completion as part of its strategic plan for higher education. The case method was used to answer the specific research question of: how do higher education policies help or hinder efforts by two Texas Hispanic-Serving Institutions to improve college preparedness? The study focused in the areas of (a) Alignment of K-12 and college curriculum and assessment; (b) Developmental education programs; and (c) Transfer from community college to university. Two site visits were conducted each in Austin and El Paso, Texas in September and October 2010. The findings were analyzed in the context of McDonnell and Elmore's Alternative Policy Instruments: "mandates," "inducements," "capacity-building" or "system-changing." "Capacity-building" investments in El Paso were found to have provided a critical base upon which other college readiness improvement efforts have been successful. The use of various state policy "Mandates" has been effective in creating either alignment or disconnects between El Paso educational systems. Finally, two "system-changing" policy instruments were identified as particularly influential to completion efforts in El Paso. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas