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At the start of the 21st century, public higher education appears to be in a state of crisis. The overall share of state funding going to education has declined during the past 20 years, and with it the share of state ecucation funding going to higher education. Ehrenberg's research indicates that, as a result of these changes, faculty salaries at public doctoral institutions have declined over the past five years relative to faculty salaries at private doctoral institutions. This undoubtedly makes it more difficult for public institutions to attract high quality faculty. Public higher educational institutions, where about 80 percent of all college students and 65 percent of all four-year college students are educated, appear to be in serious trouble. In order to delve more deeply into his topic, Dr. Ehrenberg invited a wide-ranging team of experts to examine changes in public higher education over the last quarter century, and to present their findings at a conference at Cornell University in May 2005. Edited versions of their papers are presented here. The authors of the essays are leading researchers from around the country who have intensively studied the causes of the changing finances of public higher education and the ways in which these changes have affected public higher education institutions, their students, and their potential students.
Chapter 1 Setting the Stage Chapter 2 State Preferences for Higher Education Spending: A Panel Data Analysis, 1977-2001 Chapter 3 Do Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Matter? Chapter 4 The Increasing Use of Adjunct Instructors at Public Institutions: Are We Hurting Students? Chapter 5 The Effect of Institutional Funding Cuts on Baccalaureate Graduation Rates in Public Higher Education Chapter 6 Individual State Experiences Chapter 7 The Effects of a Changing Financial Context on the University of California Chapter 8 Assessing Public Higher Education in Georgia at the Start of the 21st Century Chapter 9 Changing Priorities and the Evolution of Public Higher Education Finance in Illinois Chapter 10 Michigan Public Higher Education: Recent Trends and Policy Considerations for the Coming Decade Chapter 11 North Carolina's Commitment to Higher Education: Access and Affordability Chapter 12 State Support for Public Higher Education in Pennsylvania Chapter 13 The Changing Accessibility, Affordability and Quality of Higher Education in Texas Chapter 14 Higher Tuition, Higher Aid, and the Quest to Improve Opportunities for Low-Income Students: The Case of Virginia Chapter 15 Consequences of a Legacy of State Disinvestment: Plunging State Support Reduces Access and Threatens Quality at University of Wisconsin System Institutions Chapter 16 Public Higher Education in Washington State: Aspirations Are Misaligned with Fiscal Structure and Politics Chapter 17 Looking to the Future Chapter 18 Why We Won't See Any Public Universities "Going Private" Chapter 19 Concluding Remarks