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ERIC Number: ED533279
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 641
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1095-7634-4
Emerging Governance in State-Level Higher Education: Competing Pressures and Models
Mortensen, Brad Leon
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Utah
This dissertation study considered reforms in state-level higher education governance in the United States. Many researchers have suggested the emergence of market-oriented models in higher education governance. This study explored the existence of market-oriented models as well as other reform models in two western states, Utah and Washington. Changes in the governance of higher education came historically in waves as a result of external pressures and broader governance trends. The most powerful pressures tended to come from outside higher education and reflected larger societal forces. One such movement exerting worldwide influence since the early 1990s was termed "new public management" by scholars. As new public management models began to influence the higher education establishment, implementation resulted in unintended consequences and calls for modification. By examining policy cases related to eight market-oriented, state-level higher education governance criteria over 14 years, evidence of multiple governing paradigms came from this study. Drawing upon 32 policy cases using qualitative comparative case-study methodology (personal interviews and document sources), the study identified the emergence of various and oftentimes competing governance models embedded within the policy cases. Examples that demonstrate evidence for emerging governance models were considered by aligning relevant features from policy cases with appropriate emerging governance models across the time line of the study. Through this portrayal, observations surfaced, suggesting that rather than adopting a single governance model, state-level policymaking tends to simultaneously pursue a variety of emerging governance models to balance competing policy, political, and ideological objectives. These exploratory findings supported other research, citing never-ending endeavors to achieve an idealized state of policy arrangements. As demonstrated by this study, ongoing rounds of policy development draw upon multiple emerging governance models to balance multipronged objectives. [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: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States; Utah; Washington