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Guidelines for States Considering Reorganization MS Word - According to this paper, several factors are leading states to change their postsecondary education governance structures. State leaders need to be aware of these factors, and those that fail to assess them risk seriously hampering the capacity of their state and its postsecondary education system to compete. In an effort to assist state leaders in their reorganization efforts, this paper offers guidelines for states considering changes to postsecondary education governance structures. (Aims C. McGuinness, Education Commission of the States, February 2002)...

Bridging Troubled Waters: Competition, Cooperation and the Public Good in Independent and Higher Education - Budget cuts, tuition hikes and the distribution of financial aid are changing the nature of higher education in the states. In some cases, public institutions have started to act like private ones by raising private funds or contracting with state governments to provide selected services. How can higher education continue to serve the public good in a market-driven policy environment? This policy brief attempts to answer that question by examining recent postsecondary trends, including the privatization of public higher education and the growing competition between institutions of higher learning. (American Council on Education, 2005)...

The Governance Divide: A Report on a Four-State Study on Improving College Readiness and Success - In the 21st century, when more students must complete some postsecondary education to have an economically secure life, the need for improved transitions from high school to college is urgent. This report proposes a set of state policy levers that can be used to create meaningful changes for students, identifies other factors states face as they seek to improve transitions between high school and college, provides state leaders with real-world policy choices, and offers recommendations to help states transform ad hoc approaches into sustained action and institutionalized, long-term K-16 reforms. (Andrea Venezia, Patrick M. Callan, Joni E. Finney, Michael W. Kirst and Michael D. Usdan, The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, September 2005)...

The Governance of the City University of New York: A System at Odds with Itself - Governance at the City University of New York is dysfunctional, according to this study by RAND. Rather than behaving as units in a system, CUNY colleges operate more as independent institutions. Battles for leadership among stakeholders and poorly defined lines of responsibility contribute to the problems facing the university. The authors conclude that basic governance reforms are first needed before improved educational outcomes are achieved. (Brian Gill, RAND, 2000)...

Impediments and Imperatives in Restructuring Higher Education - Basic assumptions that are built into the governance of higher education have obstructed higher education institutions and their leaders from addressing problems that plague the sector. The authors first present the assumptions and then offer solutions for redesigning the structure of higher education governance. This publication is not available online, but can be obtained at no charge by clicking on the title of this document. (Roger Benjamin and Stephen Carroll, RAND, 1997)...

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