ERIC Number: EJ1019204
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 74
State Political Culture, Higher Education Spending Indicators, and Undergraduate Graduation Outcomes
Heck, Ronald H.; Lam, Wendy S.; Thomas, Scott L.
Educational Policy, v28 n1 p3-39 Jan 2014
Issues concerning higher education today (e.g., rising costs, declining public trust, changing state economics) have created new demands for postsecondary institutions to demonstrate their productivity. We examine whether differences in states' political cultures (i.e., underlying traditions, values, and public policy choices) are reflected in variability between state finance policy indicators and institutional variables that explain undergraduate graduation rates. To test our proposed model, we use longitudinal data on state indicators and institutional variables that explain differences in graduation rates compiled over an 11-year period. Our findings suggest that differences in political culture represent mediating factors between states' economic contexts and higher education appropriations, which help explain variation in their graduation rates over time.
Descriptors: State Policy, Politics of Education, Higher Education, Educational Finance, Educational Indicators, Graduation Rate, College Outcomes Assessment, Productivity, Financial Policy, Institutional Characteristics, Longitudinal Studies, Predictor Variables, Data Analysis, Accountability, Educational Policy, Academic Persistence, Trend Analysis, Cultural Influences, State Aid
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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