The Effect Of Statewide Governing Boards On Political Action

Several states have reformed postsecondary governance by adjusting the powers and duties of state and system boards. This study evaluates the effect of consolidated governing boards on appropriations patterns and trends. The findings support the notion that statewide higher education governance structures buffer political actors from the constant lobbying of higher education institutions and interest groups. However, these boards also appear to increase significantly the influence that legislatures and governors have on state higher education budgeting. (New to the ECS Research Studies Database)

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