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Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research

Volume 28 of the series Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research pp 613-685

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State Support of Higher Education: Data, Measures, Findings, and Directions for Future Research

  • David A. TandbergAffiliated withHigher Education, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Florida State University Email author 
  • , Casey GriffithAffiliated withHigher Education, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Florida State University

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Abstract

The ultimate goal of this chapter is to provide future researchers interested in predicting and explaining state support of higher education with the tools they need to advance the field’s understanding of this important topic. In so doing, this chapter analyzes the various data sources and measures of state funding of higher education; reviews and synthesizes relevant theories which, when properly utilized, will help scholars understand the factors impacting state funding of higher education; reviews the relevant research; discusses several specific factors that ought to be consider when explaining state support of higher education; and reviews recent data and methodological advancements in this area of scholarship. The chapter concludes with a discussion of possible future directions for research in the area of state support of higher education.