Dissertation Title/Topic: Political Controls, Administrative Responsiveness, and Policy Effectiveness: Performance Funding Reforms for Public Higher Education
Political Controls, Administrative Responsiveness, and Policy Effectiveness: Performance Funding Reforms for Public Higher Education, examines how managers and administrators respond to the use of regulatory policy tools and whether the policies influence organizational performance. The dissertation does so by examining the use of performance funding reforms adopted by state legislatures that attempt to hold public colleges and universities accountable for results. The theoretical argument suggests that college and university administration are influenced by a combination of rewards and punishments implemented by state legislatures that emphasize certain institutional outcomes over others. My dissertation examines how these sets of incentives and budgetary constraints influence administrative behavior relative to the outcomes emphasized in the state's performance funding formula, and ultimately how this affects institutional performance and student success. I rely heavily on panel data and quantitative research methodologies to examine the effects of the reforms on institutional outcomes as well as political controls on administrative behavior.
M.A. in Political Science, Kent State University, 2013, B.A. in Political Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 2011
American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, Southern Political Science Association, Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists, Pi Sigma Alpha The National Honor Society, Penn State's Blue and White Society