What's Happening to Public Higher Education?

What's Happening to Public Higher Education?

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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.
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Ehrenberg (industrial and labor relations and economics, Cornell U.) joins higher education researchers, policy analysts, and administrators from universities in the US, who discuss the state of public higher education in 14 revised papers (plus two new ones to this volume) from a conference, "Assessing Public Higher Education at the Start of the 21st Century," at the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute in May of 2005. Citing the decrease in state funding as a major influence, they examine changes in the past 30 years, why they occurred, and their effect on graduation rates, as well as the importance of tenured faculty, the impact of more adjunct instructors, and experiences in 10 individual states. The final section examines the "privatization" of public universities, and what types of federal policies need to be put in place. Two of the papers have been published previously in other versions. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Westport, CT : Praeger Publishers, 2006
ISBN: 9780275985035
Characteristics: xxii, 381 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Ehrenberg, Ronald G.

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