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ERIC Number: EJ865045
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0098-9495
"Privileging" Public Research Universities: An Empirical Analysis of the Distribution of State Appropriations across Research and Non-Research Universities
McLendon, Michael K.; Mokher, Christine G.; Doyle, William
Journal of Education Finance, v34 n4 p372-401 Spr 2009
No empirical studies have attempted to explain why states invest differentially in their research and in their non-research universities, although these differences hold important implications for students, postsecondary systems, and society. Deploying a form of hierarchical-linear modeling, our study examines across-state variation in state appropriations allocated to public four-year universities, and the distribution of these appropriations to Carnegie research universities relative to other non-research universities. The analysis suggests that a primary reason why some states "privilege" their research universities is because the research universities in these states tend to engage in more expensive types of activities than do their non-research counterparts. Our analysis, however, points also to certain political influences that tend disproportionately to benefit research universities, including the proportion of appropriations committee members in a state legislature that graduated from the institution. These findings evidence the need for a closer examination of the link between state-policy outputs in higher education, the characteristics of legislative committees and of the individuals who serve on them. (Contains 6 figures, 3 tables, and 8 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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