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Education: Higher Education Management, Finance, and Governance

Higher Education Management, Finance, and Governance

Applied Work-Based Learning at the State University of New York: Situating SUNY Works and Studying Effects

This report analyzes information on applied learning initiatives in California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, South Dakota as well as in Australia, Finland, Germany, and Switzerland. It also presents initial findings from a pilot study aimed at measuring the effects of work-based applied learning experiences on students’ academic success. The pilot study, carried out at one SUNY campus, suggests that internships were associated with better retention and graduation rates.
Alan Wagner, Ruirui Sun, Katie Zuber, and Patricia Strach, April 2016

Supplementary Report on Assessing Labor Market Outcomes: A Pilot Study

The supplement to the main report, above, explores the feasibility of using linked academic and employment/wage records to assess the effects of internships on students’ employment outcomes. Although Institute researchers identify limitations in such assessments, they conclude that analyses using administrative wage record data can be used to inform changes in internships at program, campus, and system levels.
Alan Wagner, Ruirui Sun, Katie Zuber, and Patricia Strach, April 2016

States Go Global: State Government Engagement in Higher Education Internationalization

In an illuminating new report, Rockefeller Institute Senior Fellow Jason Lane and colleagues Taya Owens and Patrick Ziegler analyze the emerging role that states play in promoting the internationalization of higher education institutions. Through these efforts, the researchers suggest, colleges and universities engaged in international activity strengthen economic development and public diplomacy.
Jason E. Lane, Taya L. Owens, and Patrick Ziegler, June 2014

A New Paradigm for Economic Development

Universities and higher-education systems across the country are taking leading roles in their states’ economic development efforts — and this Institute report says that trend seems likely to strengthen as the nation moves into the era of an “innovation economy.” The study found that higher education’s increasingly important role builds on, but goes well beyond, the research strengths of universities – incorporating efforts as wide-ranging as job training, business consulting, housing rehabilitation and even securing seed money for new businesses.
David F. Shaffer and David J. Wright, March 2010

To Build New Strengths: The Future of Clinton Community College, and of North Country Community College

Clinton Community College and North Country Community College could explore deeper collaboration and other options for strengthening the educational services they provide across a sprawling region of Northern New York State, according to a new report from the Rockefeller Institute. The report was conducted at the request of New York State Sen. Elizabeth Little, whose district includes the two institutions. It examined a number of possible options for their future.
David Shaffer, July 28, 2008

The Fiscal Challenges Facing Public and Private Colleges

In some ways, our American college and university system is absolutely superb. And in some ways we also seem to have quite excellent access to our university system. But there are concerns that we can do better, both in terms of excellence, as well as access. There are also concerns that we may not be able to maintain the same level of excellence we’ve been able to achieve so far. To understand how these and other fiscal issues are going to impact on our university system, and especially undergraduate teaching, we asked the presidents of one public institution and one private one to focus on undergraduate education.
A Public Policy Forum featuring Steven G. Poskanzer, President, State University of New York at New Paltz, and Morton Owen Schapiro, President, Williams College. (Note: Morton Owen Schapiro's comments are not available.) February 1, 2006

Fixing the Fragmented University: Decentralization with Direction

Currently decentralization fosters a disabling disconnect among social concerns, institutional goals, and departmental aims, the three links of public accountability. The answer is not to end decentralization but to add direction through strategic planning, priority budgeting, assessment and quality assurance, accreditation, and departmental reporting.
Joseph C. Burke (ed), Anker Publishing Co. [now Jossey-Bass], 2006
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Nine Principles: Confirming Principles Before Remodeling Public Higher Education Governance

Public higher education is too important to the society in a knowledge and information era to leave its form — and inevitably its function — to largely private talks between some state officials and university leaders. Before the talk turns to actions in some states, with the inevitable fallout that may cascade across the country, it is time to step back and discuss a set of principles to cling to in what could become a tidal wave of change.
Joseph C. Burke. Other Voices, National CrossTalk, The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, Fall 2005

SFN # 4.2: Challenges for Financing Public Higher Education

Diminishing support from state governments has triggered significant increases in tuition and fees at public institutions. Meanwhile, many studies predict that the number of high school graduates will continue to increase. These and other problems bring into question the state governments’ ability to finance public institutions as less expensive alternatives to private higher education.
Nicholas Jenny and Emrah Arbak, March 2004

Ohio's Challenge and Choice in the Knowledge Economy

For Ohio, being behind in "the grand knowledge race" calls for a strategic plan and swift action, but it also allows the Buckeye State to learn from the successes and shortcomings of other state initiatives. If Ohio had gone first, it would have risked the possibility of starting a fad rather than stressing a proven trend. Yet following also has dangers. too often, the initial response of latecomers to great challenges is abject imitation, which can lead lemming-like to disaster. The key for Ohio is to build on its own assets while learning from other states.
Joseph C. Burke, White Paper prepared for Communities, Higher Education and the Changing Economy, A Conference by Ohio's Higher Education Community, Columbus, OH, June 17-18, 2003

Funding Public Colleges and Universities for Performance: Popularity, Problems, and Prospects

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This book is the first comprehensive study of performance funding of public colleges and universities, which ties directly some state allocations to institutional results on designated indicators. Chapters examine performance funding as a national phenomenon, identifying the champions and critics of the program, the arguments for and against its adoption, the most common performance measures used for funding, the characteristics that separate stable from unstable initiative, and the inherent possibilities and problems. The book concludes that the future of performance funding remains cloudy. It states that one conclusion is becoming clear. Taxpayers are unlikely to accept forever the proposition that performance should count in all endeavors except state funding for higher education.
Joseph C. Burke and Associates, The Rockefeller Institute Press, 2002
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