The States and Public Higher Education Policy: Affordability, Access, and Accountability

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Donald E. Heller
JHU Press, 2001 - Education - 271 pages
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Among the many challenges facing higher education today, affordability, access, and accountability are increasingly commanding the attention of the public and policymakers alike. As students and their families struggle to meet rising tuition prices, and state resources for the funding of higher education are constrained, policymakers confront issues of affordability within state and institutional budgets. Changing demographics and challenges to affirmative action complicate the admissions process even as colleges and universities seek to diversify enrollments. And issues of institutional accountability have given rise to the restructuring of higher education governing boards and systems and to a reexamination of the role of public trustees in governance.

In The States and Public Higher Education Policy, Donald E. Heller and other higher education scholars and practitioners explore the debates surrounding issues of affordability, access, and accountability. In a concluding chapter, Heller considers the impact of technology on public colleges and universities, a subject that dominates many discussions of higher education. Offering a broad perspective that will appeal to policymakers and educators, The States and Public Higher Education Policy provides an unobstructed view of key issues that will shape the future of higher education.


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Donald E. Heller is an associate professor and senior reseach associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the Pennsylvania State University.

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