The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education works to strengthen
America's future by increasing opportunity and achievement for all who aspire to
higher education. As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the National
Center promotes public policies that enhance Americans' opportunities for quality
education and training beyond high school. Formed in 1998, the National Center is
supported by a consortium of national foundations that includes The Pew Charitable
Trusts and The Ford Foundation.
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The National Center publishes:
- Reports commissioned by the National Center,
- Reports written by National Center staff,
- National Center Policy Reports that are approved for release by the National
Center's Board of Directors, and
- CrossTalk, a quarterly publication.
Each of the publications below -- as well as a host of other information and links
-- is available for downloading from the National Center's web site (www.highereducation.org).
Single copies of most of these reports can also be obtained by faxing requests (with
publication number) to 408-271-2697.
98-1 Concept Paper: A National Center to Address Higher Education Policy, by Patrick
M. Callan (March 1998). Describes the purposes of the National Center for Public
Policy and Higher Education.
98-2 The Price of Admission: The Growing Importance of Higher Education, by John
Immerwahr (Spring 1998). A national survey of Americans' views on higher education,
conducted and reported by Public Agenda.
98-3 Organizing for Learning: The View from the Governor's Office, by James B.
Hunt Jr., Governor of North Carolina and Chair of the National Center for Public
Policy and Higher Education (June 1998). An address to the American Association for
Higher Education concerning opportunity in higher education.
98-4 Tidal Wave II Revisited: A Review of Earlier Enrollment Projections for California
Higher Education, by Gerald C. Hayward, David W. Breneman and Leobardo F. Estrada
(September 1998). Finds that earlier forecasts of a surge in higher education enrollments
98-5 The Challenges Facing California Higher Education: A Memorandum to the Next
Governor of California, by David W. Breneman (September 1998). Concludes that the
next governor should give serious consideration to exploring a new Master Plan for
98-6 Federal Tuition Tax Credits and State Higher Education Policy: A Guide for
State Policy Makers, by Kristin D. Conklin (December 1998). Examines the implications
of the new federal income tax provisions on students and their families, and makes
recommendations for state higher education policy.
98-7 Higher Education Governance: Balancing Institutional and Market Influences,
by Richard C. Richardson, Jr., Kathy Reeves Bracco, Patrick M. Callan, and Joni E.
Finney (November 1998). Describes the structural relationships that affect institutional
efficacy in higher education, and argues that effective state policy achieves a balance
between institutional and market forces.
98-8 The Challenges and Opportunities Facing Higher Education: An Agenda for Policy
Research, by Dennis Jones, Peter Ewell, and Aims McGuinness (December 1998). Argues
that due to substantial changes in the landscape of postsecondary education, new
state-level policy frameworks must be developed and implemented.
99-1 Taking Responsibility: Leaders' Expectations of Higher Education, by John
Immerwahr (January 1999). Reports the views of those most involved with decision-making
about higher education, based on a survey and focus groups conducted by Public Agenda.
99-2 South Dakota: Developing Policy-Driven Change in Higher Education, by Mario
Martinez (June 1999). Describes the processes for change in higher education that
government, business and higher education leaders are creating and implementing in
99-3 State Spending for Higher Education in the Next Decade: The Battle to Sustain
Current Support, by Harold A. Hovey (July 1999). This fiscal forecast of state and
local spending patterns finds that the vast majority of states will face significant
fiscal deficits over the next eight years, which will in turn lead to increased scrutiny
of higher education in almost all states, and to curtailed spending for public higher
education in many states.
00-1 A State-by-State Report Card on Higher Education: Prospectus (March 2000).
The National Center is developing a state-by-state report card that compares and
evaluates each state's performance in higher education. The goal of the report card
is to stimulate the creation of state policies that enhance opportunity and achievement
in higher education.
00-2 Great Expectations: How the Public and Parents -- White, African American
and Hispanic -- View Higher Education, by John Immerwahr with Tony Foleno (May 2000).
This report by Public Agenda finds that Americans overwhelmingly see higher education
as essential for economic mobility; parents overwhelmingly believe that their children
must go to college; and African American and Hispanic parents value higher education
even more than white parents do. The report is based on the most extensive survey
ever conducted on public views about higher education.