Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Adaptation, continuity, and change: How three public liberal arts colleges are responding to the changing landscape of American higher education
by Fontenot, Olufunke Abimbola, Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2016, 173; 10158522
Abstract (Summary)

The value proposition of the public liberal arts colleges is that they provide the quality of education typically associated with esteemed private liberal arts colleges at a comparably lower cost. These institutions emphasize access and affordability, and a rich and rigorous undergraduate education in "small" residential settings, making this type of education available to students who otherwise could not afford it. Given the decline nationally in state funding of public higher education, demographic shifts affecting who goes to college and how, the “disruption” of technology, and the public questioning of the value of a liberal arts degree, this dissertation looks at how three public liberal arts colleges are responding to these changes and how both the changes and institutional responses to them are shaping or reshaping their mission.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Armacost, Mary-Linda
Commitee: Garland, Peter, Nunez, Elsa
School: University of Pennsylvania
Department: Higher Education Management
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 78/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education finance, Higher Education Administration, Higher education
Keywords: Liberal arts colleges, Public colleges, Public higher education funding
Publication Number: 10158522
ISBN: 9781369135305
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