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Guidelines for states considering reorganization of postsecondary governance PDF - State coordination of postsecondary education is a complex and difficult balancing act, and there are no simple answers. This paper provides a set of guidelines for state policy and education leaders who are considering postsecondary governance reorganization. This guidance brief was revised and reprinted from the original version published by Education Commission of the States in 2002.(Aims McGuinness, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, ECS, April 2015) ...

Reflections on Postsecondary Governance Changes MS Word PDF - "Oldie but goodie." The last 25 years of the 20th century witnessed fundamental changes in state postsecondary education structures. This paper examines the factors that are driving these changes and the policy issues that appeared consistently in the debates about governance throughout this period. It also discusses the significant changes in state-level postsecondary education governance structures that occurred between 1997 and 2002, and explores the characteristics of states that are engaged in policy leadership for the public interest as well as the characteristics of states that remain mired in the policies and regulatory practices of the past. (Aims C. McGuinness, Education Commission of the States, July 2002)...

Governance and Coordination: Definitions and Distinctions MS Word PDF - "Oldie but goodie." According to this policy brief, the distinction between governance and coordination is fundamental to an understanding of the postsecondary education governance structures that exist across the country. This paper explores this, and other, definitions and distinctions within postsecondary education governance. (Aims C. McGuinness, Education Commission of the States, December 2001)...

State Policy and Postsecondary Education MS Word PDF - "Oldie but Goodie." This policy brief provides an overview of the policy tools most commonly used by states to ensure that postsecondary institutions and systems are aligned with state higher education priorities. Allocating decision authority, planning and policy leadership and mission definition are among the policy options highlighted in this paper. (Aims C. McGuinness, Education Commission of the States, December 2001)...

Inputs, Outcomes, Quality Assurance: A Closer Look at State Oversight of Higher Education - State authorization of postsecondary institutions varies by who is involved in the process, what authorizers require and what they measure. The authors recommend a risk-based approach in which authorizers focus their resources on cases that pose the most risk to consumers. They would set up politically independent oversight boards, then make sure wage information from unemployment insurance is connected to postsecondary enrollment so it's transparent who is doing a good job and who isn't. (Andrew P. Kelly, Kevin J. James, and Rooney Columbus, American Enterprise Institute, August 2015)...

Consequential Boards: Adding Value Where It Matters Most: Report of the National Commission on College and University Board Governance - Higher ed has faced challenges since the Great Recession: rising costs, withdrawal of state support, questions about the value of a college degree. This report calls for measures to address those challenges by improving board oversight. Seven recommendations are included, relevant also for K-12 boards. Among these: restoration of public trust; focusing on their roles as institutional fiduciaries; addressing the need to deliver high-quality education at a reduced price. (Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, November 2014)...

Beyond the Skills Gap: Making Education Work - A reframing of the Higher Education Act is called for, in ways that support all forms of postsecondary learning, including students on non-degree paths, the author argues. Recommended reforms include strengthening the role of programmatic accreditors as gatekeepers to financial aid, removing barriers to better data collection on student outcomes, and expanding eligibility for financial aid.(Mary Alice McCarthy, New America, October 2014)...

Governance for a New Era: A Blueprint for Higher Education Trustees - Public trust in institutions of higher education has plummeted. This report says one cause is the failure of higher education governance. Too many trustees see their role as boosters and donors though they should be a mediating agent between institutional interests and societal needs, the author insists. Trustees instead must have the last word in guarding academic excellence and freedom. Among recommendations: determine the purpose of the college or university, be guardians of education excellence, demand transparency in performance and results, improve the presidential selection process and strengthen trustee selection and education. (Benno C. Schmidt, American Council of Trustees and Alumni, August 2014)...

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