ERIC Number: EJ898463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 76
The Adoption of Prepaid Tuition and Savings Plans in the American States: An Event History Analysis
Doyle, William R.; McLendon, Michael K.; Hearn, James C.
Research in Higher Education, v51 n7 p659-686 Nov 2010
The past two decades have been a period of far-reaching policy experimentation in state financing of higher education. Between 1986 and 1999, 21 states adopted prepaid college tuition plans. Thirty-one states adopted some form of college savings plan. Both kinds of policies were designed to enhance the affordability of higher education during a time of growing concern about college costs. Using event history analysis, we explore various factors leading to the programs' adoption, paying particular to the role of policy privatization, electoral competition and timing, and certain system characteristics of higher education. We find that more liberal governments were more likely to adopt prepaid tuition plans, that states with more competitive elections were less likely to adopt any type of prepaid or savings plan, and that states with decentralized governance were more likely to adopt one of these kinds of policies.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Paying for College, Tuition, Money Management, United States History, Privatization, Elections, Competition, State Government, Governance
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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