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Performance funding in public higher education: Determinants of policy shifts

dc.creatorGorbunov, Alexander V.
dc.description.abstractThe 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.
dc.subjectevent history analysis
dc.subjectperformance accountability
dc.subjecthigher education policy
dc.subjectpolicy process
dc.titlePerformance funding in public higher education: Determinants of policy shifts
dc.contributor.committeeMemberJames C. Hearn
dc.contributor.committeeMemberChristopher P. Loss
dc.contributor.committeeMemberStella M. Flores
dc.type.materialtext and Policy Studies University
dc.contributor.committeeChairWilliam R. Doyle

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