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|Postsecondary Governance and Structures
Guidelines for states considering reorganization of postsecondary governance PDF - State coordination of postsecondary education is a complex and difficult balancing act, and there are no simple answers. This paper provides a set of guidelines for state policy and education leaders who are considering postsecondary governance reorganization. This guidance brief was revised and reprinted from the original version published by Education Commission of the
States in 2002.(Aims McGuinness, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, ECS, April 2015)
Restructuring State Roles in Higher Education: A Case Study of the 1994 New Jersey Higher Education Restructuring Act - In 1994, New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman proposed to replace the existing Board of Higher Education with new state-level roles. That initiative and the subsequent restructuring of state-level roles and responsibilities are described and analyzed in this monograph. (Aims C. McGuinness, Education Commission of the States, December 1995)...
Recent Changes to Postsecondary Governance in States: 2011-13 PDF - Between 2011 and 2013, five states transformed their postsecondary governance systems: California, Connecticut, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington. California disbanded its coordinating board, while the other four states modified the scope and roles of their coordinating boards. This document provides a brief summary of the governance reforms and links to relevant information sources. (Matthew Smith and Mary Fulton, ECS, September 2013)...
Restructuring State Roles in Higher Education: A Case Study of the 1994 New Jersey Higher Education Act PDF - "Oldie but goodie." In 1994 New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman proposed replacing the Board of Higher Education with new state-level roles and the subsequent restructuring of roles and responsibilities are described. Though Whitman's move caused a stir, little of the restructuring could be picked up and put down in other states because of New Jersey's uniqueness in higher education: a late commitment to public higher education, a reliance on private institutions and student financial aid, the emergence of county colleges. (Aims C. McGuinness Jr., ECS, 1995)...
From the ECS State Policy Database: Postsecondary Governance and Structures--Licensing/Program Review and Approval - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....
ECS State Postsecondary Education Structures Sourcebook - For historical reference, Florida State University staff have scanned and uploaded past editions of the ECS State Postsecondary Education Structures Sourcebook – State Coordination and Governing Boards. (ECS, various dates)...
P-20 Governance PDF - This StateNote identifies states in which K-12 and postsecondary governance has been fully or partially consolidated in a single entity. The report also identifies where early learning falls under the purview of an entity that administers both K-12 and higher education. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Education Commission of the States, January 2011)...
From the ECS State Policy Database: Postsecondary Governance and Structures--State Executives/State Agencies - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....
Reflections on Postsecondary Governance Changes MS Word PDF - "Oldie but goodie." The last 25 years of the 20th century witnessed fundamental changes in state postsecondary education structures. This paper examines the factors that are driving these changes and the policy issues that appeared consistently in the debates about governance throughout this period. It also discusses the significant changes in state-level postsecondary education governance structures that occurred between 1997 and 2002, and explores the characteristics of states that are engaged in policy leadership for the public interest as well as the characteristics of states that remain mired in the policies and regulatory practices of the past. (Aims C. McGuinness, Education Commission of the States, July 2002)...
Governance and Coordination: Definitions and Distinctions MS Word PDF - "Oldie but goodie." According to this policy brief, the distinction between governance and coordination is fundamental to an understanding of the postsecondary education governance structures that exist across the country. This paper explores this, and other, definitions and distinctions within postsecondary education governance. (Aims C. McGuinness, Education Commission of the States, December 2001)...
State Policy and Postsecondary Education MS Word PDF - "Oldie but Goodie." This policy brief provides an overview of the policy tools most commonly used by states to ensure that postsecondary institutions and systems are aligned with state higher education priorities. Allocating decision authority, planning and policy leadership and mission definition are among the policy options highlighted in this paper. (Aims C. McGuinness, Education Commission of the States, December 2001)...
From the ECS State Policy Database: Postsecondary Governance and Structures--Administrative/Leadership Issues - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....
From the ECS State Policy Database: Postsecondary Governance and Structures - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....
Postsecondary Governance Structures Database - This searchable database contains information about postsecondary governance structures in each state. The database includes individual state profiles as well as comparisons across states on specific aspects of governance structures. (Education Commission of the States, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, and State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2007)...
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