The View From Higher Education: Public Universities Respond to Educational Reform

A. McCormick, M. Alt, S. Geis

Institutions of higher education are often portrayed as unsupportive of high school reform. This is the first study to objectively analyze evidence about how colleges and universities are responding to current reforms, principally through their admissions process. Through a wide-ranging survey of public universities, this report discusses realities of the admissions process, empirical data on universities' responses, and the development of policies geared towards changing admissions processes. The authors find that although many large universities are making sincere efforts to accommodate reform, these efforts are most often minimal rather than innovative or adaptive. This study will interest policymakers, reformers in secondary and postsecondary education and government, and independent education policy groups.

MDS-913 / September 1998

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