Research and Reports Blog
Date Posted: November 10, 2017
Author(s): Carol Cutler White, MPA, Ph.D.
This Executive Summary presents findings from a dissertation titled A Qualitative Comparative Analysis Exploring How the Arrangement of Higher Education Governance Shapes the Contribution of Two-Year Institutions to State Educational Attainment (Cutler White, 2016). The purpose of the study was to examine whether the arrangement of higher education governance enables or constrains the contribution of two-year institutions to increasing state educational attainment. The study’s findings suggest the arrangement of higher education governance indeed influences the contribution of two-year institutions through the policy process. Further, the findings suggest some states may be better positioned to increase attainment through the arrangement of higher education governance. Specifically, states with some form of coordination of higher education across two- and four-year institutions may have a policy environment better able to realize increases in attainment through policy innovation (Cutler White, 2016).