What's Happening to Public Higher Education?

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  • Copyright: 2006-05-30
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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At the start of the 21st century, public higher education appears to be in a state of crisis. The overall share of state funding going to education has declined during the past 20 years, and with it the share of state ecucation funding going to higher education. Ehrenberg's research indicates that, as a result of these changes, faculty salaries at public doctoral institutions have declined over the past five years relative to faculty salaries at private doctoral institutions. This undoubtedly makes it more difficult for public institutions to attract high quality faculty.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Introduction xiii
Part I. Setting the Stage
State Preferences for Higher Education Spending: A Panel Data Analysis, 1977--2001
Michael J. Rizzo
Do Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Matter?
Ronald G. Ehrenberg
Liang Zhang
The Increasing Use of Adjunct Instructors at Public Institutions: Are We Hurting Students?
Eric P. Bettinger
Bridget Terry Long
The Effect of Institutional Funding Cuts on Baccalaureate Graduation Rates in Public Higher Education
Gary L. Blose
John D. Porter
Edward C. Kokkelenberg
Part II. Individual State Experiences
The Effects of a Changing Financial Context on the University of California
Gerald R. Kissler
Ellen Switkes
Assessing Public Higher Education in Georgia at the Start of the Twenty-first Century
Christopher Cornwell
David B. Mustard
Changing Priorities and the Evolution of Public Higher Education Finance in Illinois
F. King Alexander
Daniel Layzell
Michigan Public Higher Education: Recent Trends and Policy Considerations for the Coming Decade
Stephen L. DesJardins
Allison Bell
Iria Puyosa
North Carolina's Commitment to Higher Education: Access and Affordability
Betsy E. Brown
Robert L. Clark
State Support for Public Higher Education in Pennsylvania
Donald E. Heller
The Changing Accessibility, Affordability, and Quality of Higher Education in Texas
Lisa M. Dickson
Higher Tuition, Higher Aid, and the Quest to Improve Opportunities for Low-Income Students: The Case of Virginia
Sarah Turner
Public Higher Education in Washington State: Aspirations Are Misaligned with Fiscal Structure and Politics
William Zumeta
Consequences of a Legacy of State Disinvestment: Plunging State Support Reduces Access and Threatens Quality at University of Wisconsin System Institutions
David W. Olien
PART III. Looking to the Future
Why We Won't See Any Public Universities ``Going Private''
John D. Wiley
Concluding Remarks
F. King Alexander
References 345(18)
Index 363(16)
About the Editor and the Contributors 379

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