“How and by whom are education policy decisions made in my state?” The answer to that question varies tremendously, depending on both state and education level. The answer also carries important implications for how policy is proposed and implemented and how programs are administered. Our suite of resources on governance structures in early childhood, K-12 and postsecondary education aim to (1) make sense of the various state models that influence the policymaking process and (2) assist state leaders as they work within the governance systems to achieve their education goals.


50-State Comparisons

How all states approach governance policies.


Policy Reports

Relevant context and state policy examples on governance issues.

Blog Posts

Legislative trends and other news with implications for governance.

Now that the 2019 session is wrapping up, we can look back at a couple states that made surprise moves to reorganize their postsecondary governance systems.

Governors and legislators continue to consider and adopt changes to their postsecondary governance systems, several of which could alter how policy decisions are made and education goals are pursued within their states.

Decisions about postsecondary education priorities, policies and practices are largely driven by how states divvy up authority and responsibilities through their governance systems.

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State Information Requests

Brief issue scans, typically provided within 48 hours, that provide top-level information on governance.

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