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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Gorbunov, Alexander V.
URN etd-06282013-140338
Title Performance funding in public higher education: Determinants of policy shifts
Degree PhD
Department Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
William R. Doyle Committee Chair
Christopher P. Loss Committee Member
James C. Hearn Committee Member
Stella M. Flores Committee Member
Keywords
  • event history analysis
  • performance accountability
  • higher education policy
  • policy process
Date of Defense 2013-05-13
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The study examines the determining factors that drive states to adopt and terminate performance funding policies for public higher education. I use four theoretical frameworks—the Electoral Connection, Political Environment, Policy Diffusion, and Principal-agent frames—to study the entire performance funding policy lifecycle across 47 states from 1979-2009. I employ the Cox proportional hazards model modified to account for multiple repeatable events. I find that the following state-level factors determine the evolution of performance funding: increases in public enrollment; the extent of the Republican presence in the state legislature; the number of, and distance to, sustainable policy examples in other states; the type of state governance arrangements for higher education; and the mode of the policy initiation.
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