Factors Influencing The Formation Of Policy

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Our nation continues to grapple with the challenges of public higher education. A variety of ideas have been presented to help public higher education continue evolving. While legislators present their case through economic fluctuation, an ever-changing assessment of the value of higher education, and demographic changes amongst other pressures affordability, access, and accountability (AAA) continue to dominate the discourse. This is a national phenomenon that plays out in the state legislature. Donald E. Heller edits a collection of essays titled The States and Public Higher Education Policy: Affordability, Access, and Accountability. These essays help address many of the factors influencing the formation of policy. While this is an informative compilation only chapter 1, 2, 4, 8, and the concluding chapter will be analyzed. This analysis will provide an overview of the key arguments, a critique of the chapters, and present comments and questions about the implications of these policy proposals.
Key Arguments
In the first chapter authored by Donald E. Heller discusses trends in the affordability of public colleges and universities. He attempts to challenge how college cost is assessed in relation to financial aid. With the inclusion of additional fees that students are required to pay and a student and family’s ability to pay, we still continue to see that the cost of college takes a bigger percentage of family resources each year. This problem is even worse
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