Examining Differences in State Support for Higher Education

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Examining Differences in State Support for Higher Education

Project Leads

David Weerts (BIO)

Associate Professor, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
Co-Director, Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Affiliate, WISCAPE
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Justin Ronca

Project Assistant, WISCAPE
University of Wisconsin-Madison


WISCAPE Faculty Affiliate David Weerts began this study while research project director at WISCAPE in 2002 and while an assistant professor of educational leadership at Florida Atlantic University, he completed the study along with WISCAPE Project Assistant Justin Ronca in 2005.
In this study, Weerts and Ronca used quantitative and qualitative methods to identify the factors that best explain variations in state appropriations for Carnegie Public Research I Universities during the late 1990s. A combination of cultural, political, and institutional factors emerged as critical elements accounting for differences in support, including: institutional commitment to public service and outreach; strength of postsecondary education governance structure; and gubernatorial and legislative support. This study stems from research Weerts conducted for his book State Governments and Research Universities: A Framework for a Renewed Partnership (Routledge Falmer, 2002), which he published while a WISCAPE visiting scholar.

Related Papers and Presentations

  • Weerts, D. & Ronca, J. (2006). Examining differences in state support for higher education: A comparative study of state appropriations for research I universities. Journal of Higher Education, 77 (6).
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