By Rebecca S. Natow
From the Publisher: In this concise and informative book, higher education policy expert Rebecca S. Natow explores the how and why of the federal regulatory policymaking process as it pertains to higher education, financial aid, and student loan debt. Drawing on in-depth interviews with policy and higher education actors, as well as an extensive review of specific regulations and documents, Natow explains who influences higher education rulemaking and how their beliefs and surrounding contexts guide the policies they enact. She also examines the strategies and powers employed during the process, reveals how technology affects the creation of higher education rules, delves into the multifaceted implications of regulation for students and institutions, and discusses future prospects for higher education rulemaking.
"Rebecca S. Natow possesses an excellent understanding of the higher education rulemaking process and is keenly aware of the various political science theories that speak to rulemaking. In this logical, well-organized book, Natow provides a real service to the field."
-- William R. Doyle, Vanderbilt University
"Overall, this is an excellent book for any reader interested in the procedural manufacturing of rules and regulations affecting higher education. The book seamlessly connects scholarly theories of public policy with empirical research without coming across as too academic."
"Dr. Rebecca Natow takes the reader on a scholarly journey through the largely unchartered and under analyzed higher education rulemaking process… She has meticulously researched the higher education rulemaking process though a theoretical lens of power and policy making that enlightens readers to understand the complexity of the rulemaking process in higher education… Dr. Natow has provided a scholarly resource for academics, higher education administrators, and researchers. She has successfully made transparent what was a largely muddled and non-navigable terrain."
"[A]n excellent book … For the practitioner wanting to be more involved in the regulatory development process and the politics of the higher education lobby, this is an essential book." -- Book Review, webpage of National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
By Kevin J. Dougherty, Sosanya M. Jones, Hana Lahr, Rebecca S. Natow, Lara Pheatt, & Vikash Reddy
From the Publisher: Written by leading authorities and drawing on extensive interviews with government officials and college and university staff members, this book describes the policy instruments states use to implement performance funding; explores the organizational processes colleges rely on to determine how to respond to performance funding; analyzes the influence of performance funding on institutional policies and programs; reviews the impacts of performance funding on student outcomes; examines the obstacles institutions encounter in responding to performance funding demands; investigates the unintended impacts of performance funding.
"This original and substantial book will be valuable to state and institutional higher education policymakers and leaders and administrators."
-- Debra Bragg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"An unparalleled, meticulously detailed look at how colleges in three states are responding to high-stakes performance funding systems."
-- Robert Kelchen, Seton Hall University
By Kevin J. Dougherty & Rebecca S. Natow
From the Publisher: The authors explore the various forces, actors, and motives behind the adoption, discontinuation, and transformation of performance funding programs. They compare U.S. programs to international models, and they gauge the likely future of performance funding, given the volatility of the political forces driving it. Aimed at educators, sociologists, political scientists, and policy makers, this book will be hailed as the definitive assessment of the origins and evolution of performance funding.
"Performance funding for higher education is an increasingly popular tool for states that are seeking to hold their college and university systems accountable in their use of public resources. And yet there has been little scholarly research, besides descriptive briefs, of why, how, and with what impacts states have chosen to implement performance funding schemes, and why they have so often failed. This important volume fills that void by examining the history of performance funding, how it has been implemented, and what impact it has had. It contains important lessons for policy makers who believe that performance funding is the silver bullet of higher education accountability."
-- Donald E. Heller, Michigan State University
"Performance funding is a commonly touted answer to one of the most important questions facing our nation’s higher education system: How can we effectively raise overall higher education attainment―and close persisting gaps in attainment across groups―in the context of finite fiscal resources? With its in-depth examination of the forces contributing to the origins, evolution, and discontinuation of performance funding in particular states, this book offers useful insights into the past, present, and future role of this potential policy lever."
-- Laura Perna, University of Pennsylvania
"Kevin J. Dougherty and Rebecca S. Natow provide us with a comprehensive review of performance funding in action based on intensive case studies of eight states that have enacted it. I know of no other higher education policy study that is as deeply researched, as thoughtfully constructed, or as informative as this one. This impressive work will be regarded as a landmark in higher education policy studies―and it will surely also serve as an important source for those engaged in designing future state higher education reforms."
-- Steven G. Brint, University of California, Riverside