Higher Education in Review (HER) is an independent, refereed journal published by graduate students of the Higher Education Program at the Pennsylvania State University.
By William Eger, University of Pennsylvania
This blog addresses the concept of "undermatching," discussing the author's conversations with students in Philadelphia-area high schools about their expectations of the application process for college.
By Amy Y. Li, University of Washington
This paper provides a comprehensive literature review of past and current topics in performance funding, such as performance metrics, policy design, institutional knowledge, and institutional responses. Specific state examples, including Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Washington, illustrate main points about policy implementation and impacts. Unintended consequences of performance-based funding are also discussed by exploring troublesome examples of policy “side effects”. This paper concludes with major policy and practice recommendations from the literature.
Although we typically discuss international students as one group, it is important to keep in mind that these students are not one uniform population (Levin, 2012). . . . Presently, the high-tuition, high-aid model does not account for the need to diversify international students, but it could. Diversifying international students would stay true to the mission of diversity and access in a global sense.
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By Frank Fernandez, The Pennsylvania State University
Excerpt: "Why is it that instead of growing more sacred with time, affirmative action is repeatedly attacked (first in Bakke, then Grutter, and now Fisher—not to mention state bans such as California’s Proposition 209 and Michigan’s Proposal 2)? America is still plagued with inequality and intolerance, but the question remains, why have some efforts toward equality been more accepted than others?"
Difficulty in Data: A Look at How Used Car Lots Can Help to Explain
Challenges Facing Obama’s College Ratings System