Public Higher-Education Governance: A Comparison of State Structures and Key Trends

States have adopted three basic structures for central higher-education boards to address the governance of individual public institutions and the statewide coordination of higher-education policy and planning. Current trends in higher-education policy include changes to governance structures, implementation of accountability measures, growing pressures on state budgets and an enrollment boom.

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About the Authors
Ran Coble has been executive director of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research since 1981. The center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization in Raleigh, North Carolina, conducts studies of state-level policies.

Sam Watts is a policy analyst with the center who studies higher-education issues. 

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