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As state legislatures convene, many public postsecondary education leaders are busy trying to prepare more compelling versions of the same old story: We need more state support or at least an inflationary adjustment or we must raise tuition and fees. It is...
Beyond Social Justice: The Threat of Inequality to Workforce Development in the Western United States
The U.S.’s predominant cultural, economic, and military position in the world is largely built upon a foundation of education. Throughout the 20th century, as only a select subset of elites obtained a tertiary education in most other nations, the U.S....
Closing the College Attainment Gap between the U.S. and Most Educated Countries, and the Contributions to be made by the States
Prepared by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) In February 2009, President Barack Obama told a joint session of Congress: “By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world”....
A very smart friend of mine working in education policy often said the road to education hell was paved with false dichotomies. As policy makers and practitioners we often trap ourselves in either/or discussions that encourage us to choose between two...
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Resource Review: Affordability: Obtaining and Making Sense of Information about How Students, Families, and States Pay for Higher EducationJournal Article
James Applegate joins Policy Matters to consider the biggest questions that Illinois is grappling with in higher education policy, including closing the achievement gap, making college more affordable, and increasing adult participation and completion in...
Select Publications by Applegate and Kelly
Applegate. J.L (in submission). Mission critical: Why and how colleges must serve adult learner. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishers.
Applegate, J.L. (in press). Policy entrepreneurs creating collective impact. In Hunt, E.K., Haller, A., & Hood, L. (Eds.), Leadership reform: State policy change in action. New York: Routledge.
Applegate, J.L. (in press). Maximizing college ROI and getting it to those who need it most. In S. Swail (Ed.) The ROI of college. Education Policy Institute.
Applegate, J.L. (2018). Attacking college race and class bias with hope. Washington, D.C. Pell Institute.
Applegate, J.L. & Fulton, M. (2016). Wiping the slate clean: A new federalism for the 21st century student. Federalism paper series. Education Commission of the States. http://www.ecs.org/initiatives/state-federal-partnerships/.
Kelly, Patrick J. & Crellin, Matthew A. (2012). Retention and Transfer in Colorado’s Public Colleges and Universities
Applegate, J.L. (2012). Graduating the 21st century student. The Journal of the National Academic Advising Association, 32, 5-11.
Kelly, Patrick J. & Strawn, Julie (2011). Not Just Kid Stuff Anymore: The Economic Imperative for More Adults to Complete College
Kelly, Patrick J. (2008). Beyond Social Justice: The Threat of Inequality to Workforce Development in the Western United States