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Public Funding of Higher Education: Changing Contexts and New Rationales


reviewed by Kristan Venegas — 2006

coverTitle: Public Funding of Higher Education: Changing Contexts and New Rationales
Author(s): Edward P. St. John and Michael D. Parsons (Editors)
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 0801879736, Pages: 263, Year: 2004
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The politics and policies that guide the funding of higher education may be more contested now than ever (Parsons, 2000). Though there have always been differing opinions about the type of support that federal and state governments should provide for postsecondary education, the current climate for higher education funding is markedly unstable. Political party tensions, the revision of the federal Higher Education Act, and shifts in K-16 accountability impact the policy climate (Trotter, 2005). A shift in the burden of paying for higher education from the government to students and their families influences the current funding conversations as wel l(College Board, 2000; McPherson anf Schapiro, 1998; Spencer, 1999). Changes in how federal funding is allocated (Merisotis, 1998) and reductions in state support have also impacted the funding of postsecondary education (Callan, 2002). At the same time, the lingering problem of increasing college access for low-income students and students of color... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 55-59
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12082, Date Accessed: 12/10/2017 9:18:59 PM

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  • Kristan Venegas
    University of Southern California
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    KRISTAN VENEGAS is a research assistant in the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC). She holds a doctorate in Education Policy Analysis; a Master of Arts degree in Postsecondary Administration in Student Affairs from USC. Dr. Venegas’ research focuses on college access for low-income urban students of color, with particular emphasis on access to financial aid. Her forthcoming work in edited volumes includes: “Dreams, disappointment, and drive: The college pathway of Trinity Borrego”; “Internet Inequalities: Financial aid, the internet, and low-income students”; and “Fictive Kin: The role of peer groups in understanding financial aid” (with William G. Tierney). Dr. Venegas joins the faculty of University of Nevada, Reno as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership in fall 2005.
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