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作者 Voelker, James Edward
書名 State-level graduate degree program reviews in the allocation of resources to public higher education
說明 110 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 57-02, Section: A, page: 0606
Director: Richard I. Miller
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Ohio University, 1995
The study addresses how organizational structures responsible for higher education at the state level respond to problems of scarcity in the allocation of fiscal resources to public higher education. The study focuses specifically on two related issues: (a) the extent to which state-level higher education agencies conduct reviews of existing graduate degree programs, and (b) the degree to which the program review findings are used to allocate resources to the institutions whose programs are reviewed
Survey research in the form of a mailed questionnaire was the principal source of data for this study. During the spring of 1995, a survey was sent to the designated State Higher Education Executive Officer (SHEEO) in each of the states and the District of Columbia. The survey consisted of 22 questions designed primarily in closed-ended format. Survey data ultimately were received from all 50 states and the District of Columbia
The study finds that 31 state-level higher education agencies have policies in place for the review of existing graduate degree programs. Of the 29 agencies with a history of implementing their review processes, 10 report using the findings in resource allocation, but only 4 use the findings on a regular basis. Among the factors accounting for limited use of the program review findings in resource allocation are lack of agency budget authority, institutional resistance, and lack of agency influence with the state legislature
No relationship was found between use of program review findings in resource allocation and the selected independent variables: (a) the state-level agency's source of authority to conduct program reviews, (b) the length of time the agency conducted reviews, (c) the organizational structure of the reviewing agency, (d) the amount of total state spending allocated to higher education, (e) the number of highly research-oriented public universities within a state, and (f) the dominant political culture of a state
The conclusion of the study is that state-level reviews of existing graduate degree programs play little, if any, role in resource allocation by the states. Greater use of program review findings as input into resource allocation decisions is suggested
School code: 0167
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 57-02A
主題 Political Science, Public Administration
Education, Higher
Alt Author Ohio University
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