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ERIC Number: ED564553
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 315
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3036-1565-8
Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: An Analysis of the Role of the For-Profit Higher Education Sector
McCarthy, Brittny Adair
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Minnesota
This research project examines the influence of the for-profit college sector on the 2008 reauthorization of the "Higher Education Act." It is based on interviews with Congressional staff, college lobbyists, and higher education reporters, as well as the "Congressional Record" and advocacy materials. Findings indicate that the for-profit college sector was able to advance specific elements of the sector's policy agenda using access and influence strategies, such as information sharing, lobbying, and political contributions. Findings reveal that the same members of Congress receiving the most political contributions from the for-profit sector were identified as those members most involved in the reauthorization. The main success of the sector was change to the 90/10 Rule, and the main failure was that the final law did not include a single definition of an institution of higher education. Implications for research and practice were also discussed. [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; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act 1980