State postsecondary education research new methods to inform policy and practice higher education kathleen m shaw donald e heller on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers this is an opportune time for researchers in higher education to examine policy via cross state comparative analyses momentous court. This is an opportune time for researchers in higher education to examine policy via cross state comparative analyses momentous court legislative and policy developments that impact state level higher education policy are emerging at a rapid rate the states have emerged as postsecondary policy innovators in the areas of student financing institutional accountability and student access. It is within this broad context that the recent book state postsecondary education research new methods to inform policy and practice edited by kathleen m shaw and donald e heller has the potential to add significantly to our understanding of higher education policy making at the state level and how theory and practice can work together . Through examples and recommendations this collection of policy research papers illustrates the methodological and practical challenges of end page 548 multi state policy research in the introduction heller appropriately argues that because of the decentralized form of education governance in the united states states provide a useful unit of analysis for considering education policy. Introduction the challenges of comparative state level higher education policy research donald e heller can access to community colleges for low income adults be improved testing a model of the policy change process across six diverse states kathleen m shaw and thomas bailey incorporating political indicators into comparative
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