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US presidents and student loan policy: How policy theory applies across 20 years of federal higher education policymaking
by Smith, Zakiya Wells, Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2016, 172; 10158542
Abstract (Summary)

Bill Clinton proffered a plan for student loans as he was running for president: a direct loan system with repayments tied to income and collected by the Internal Revenue Service. Since that time, student loan policy continued to struggle with the dichotomy of the bank based lending system and the direct loan system, until President Obama ended new federal student loan originations in the bank based system entirely in 2010. The actions of President George W Bush’s administration in between these two Democratic administrations also played a role in this evolution of student lending. How and why did these Presidents take these policy actions and what does that tell us about student loan policymaking within the executive branch? This dissertation employs a case study methodology to explore whether frameworks of policymaking theory may offer insights into student loan policymaking across these three administrations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Perna, Laura W.
Commitee: Garland, Peter H., McLendon, Michael K.
School: University of Pennsylvania
Department: Higher Education Management
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 78/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Political science, Public policy, Higher education
Keywords: Clinton, bill, Policymaking process, Studen loans, Student loan policies
Publication Number: 10158542
ISBN: 978-1-369-13550-3
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