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Hamilton, Laura T.; Daniels, Heather; Smith, Christian Michael; Eaton, Charlie – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2022
The rapid rise of online enrollments in public universities has been fueled by a reliance on for-profit, third-party providers--especially online program managers. However, scholars know very little about the potential problems with this arrangement. We conduct a mixed methods analysis of 229 contracts between third-party providers and 117…
Descriptors: Public Colleges, Online Courses, Outsourcing, Contracts
Geiser, Saul – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2022
Eligibility is a policy construct unique to California. UC and CSU are the only US universities that distinguish between eligibility for admission and admission itself and set separate requirements for each. The eligibility construct derives originally from California's 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education, which famously mandated that UC admit…
Descriptors: State Colleges, College Admission, Eligibility, High School Graduates
Douglass, John Aubrey – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2022
In assessing the current and future role of universities in the nation-states in which they are chartered and funded, it is useful to ask, When are universities societal leaders as societal and constructive change agents, and when are they followers, reinforcing the existing political order? As discussed in the book, "Neo-Nationalism and…
Descriptors: Universities, Change Agents, College Role, Social Change
Desai Trilokekar, Roopa – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2022
This paper examines how international education (IE) as a tool of government foreign policy is challenged in an era of new geopolitics, where China's growing ambitions have increased rivalry with the West. It compares U.S. and Canada as cases first, by examining rationales and approaches to IE in both countries, second, IE relations with China…
Descriptors: International Education, Foreign Countries, International Relations, Comparative Education
Lacy, William; Merilus, Jean-Yves; Liu, Xiaoguang; Lacy, Laura R. – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2022
International partnerships have become increasingly important for the mission and goals of universities and colleges globally. Understanding the nature of these partnerships and the perspectives of their senior leaders is critical. Senior international officers (SIOs) at 59 US public and private universities and colleges and 4 non-US universities…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, International Cooperation, Higher Education, Objectives
Knobel, Marcelo; Reisberg, Liz – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2022
The critical role of communication is usually overlooked by higher education institutions. Here we argue that higher education institutions must consider an effective communication as one of their top priorities. This communication must go well beyond promoting the university's opportunities to potential new students, the pursuit of potential…
Descriptors: Universities, Institutional Mission, College Role, Role of Education
Murphy, Brian – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2021
All universities and colleges in the United States were deeply and immediately affected by the sudden appearance of COVID-19. Two-year public community colleges suffered the same fate as their university neighbors: the immediate needs were to close up operations, shift instruction to online and distance modalities and keep students engaged and…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Pandemics, COVID-19, Public Colleges
Bleemer, Zachary – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2021
I study the efficacy of test-based meritocracy in college admissions by evaluating the impact of a grade-based "top percent'' policy implemented by the University of California. Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) provided large admission advantages to the top four percent of 2001-2011 graduates from each California high school. I…
Descriptors: Universities, College Admission, College Applicants, Eligibility
Douglass, John Aubrey – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2021
In the discourse that swirled in the mid-1800s around the creation of new American public universities, three major and interrelated tensions became evident: the first related to the continued debate regarding the proper curricular balance between practical education and classical studies; the second focused on the appropriate autonomy of…
Descriptors: Public Colleges, Educational History, College Curriculum, Role of Education
Schulze-Cleven, Tobias – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2021
There continues to be widespread anxiety about the future of work. I recently proposed a labor studies perspective on how to understand and meet undeniable challenges. This follow-up paper explores the implications of my analysis for the contemporary American academy, reflecting on how labor studies can help enlist public research universities in…
Descriptors: Universities, Education Work Relationship, Labor Market, Labor Economics
Chirikov, Igor – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2021
Global university rankings influence students' choices and higher education policies throughout the world. When rankers not only evaluate universities but also provide them with consulting, analytics, or advertising services rankers are vulnerable to conflicts of interest that may potentially distort their rankings. The paper assesses the impact…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Achievement Rating, Institutional Characteristics
Stevenson, Joseph Martin; Stevenson, Karen Wilson – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2021
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are often the center of discussion among faculty in higher education during discourse about curriculum conceptualization, design, planning development, and implementation. This commentary offers a functionally-centered framework that places faculty feasibility, fluidity, freedom, and flexibility around a core…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Higher Education, College Curriculum, Alignment (Education)
Brint, Steven – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2021
The argument of this paper is set against the backdrop of a climate of intimidation, silencing, and fear that surrounds the discussion of several hot-button issues in academe, nowadays mainly having to do with race. An important and painful feature of this situation is that people on both sides of the issue feel vulnerable. The contribution of…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Bullying, Fear, Political Attitudes
Bleemer, Zachary; Mehta, Aashish – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2021
Underrepresented minority (URM) college students have been steadily earning degrees in relatively less-lucrative fields of study since the mid-1990s. A decomposition reveals that this widening gap is principally explained by rising stratification at public research universities, many of which increasingly enforce GPA restriction policies that…
Descriptors: Disproportionate Representation, Minority Group Students, College Students, Grade Point Average
Farnsworth, Brad – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2021
This paper describes the current criticisms of academic research collaboration between the US and China and proposes a university-led initiative to address those concerns. The article begins with the assertion that bilateral research collaboration has historically benefitted both countries, citing cooperation in virology as an example. The paper…
Descriptors: International Cooperation, Foreign Countries, International Educational Exchange, National Security
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