Cross-border state distance higher education policy is a complex web of complicated and often contradictory regulations stretching across 50 states and 14 US territories. This study examined the applicability of strategic choice theory to state higher education policy innovation in the context of the adoption of polices that regulate the distance education operations of out-of-state, regionally accredited higher education institutions. Using Event History Analysis, the role of power structures and the political and social environment in which policy adoption decisions were made were examined alongside established policy adoption predictors. Significant applicability of strategic choice theory to state distance higher education policy adoption was identified. Findings indicate that cross-border distance higher education policy adoption diverges from established trends in state higher education policy adoption, and that public and non-public institutions have the potential to play key roles in shaping future policy adoption.
|Commitee:||Burnett, Brian, Martinez, Sylvia, Wilkerson, Eugene, Winters, Marcus|
|School:||University of Colorado at Colorado Springs|
|Department:||College of Education - Educational Leadership|
|School Location:||United States -- Colorado|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Higher Education Administration, Education Policy, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Distance education, Higher education, Online education, Policy migration, State authorization, State policy|
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