Study Analyzes Use of Research in Higher Ed Regulations

Rebecca S. Natow, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy, has published a new article in Education Policy Analysis Archives, a peer-reviewed and open-access academic journal. The article, titled “Research Utilization in Higher Education Rulemaking: A Multi-Case Study of Research Prevalence, Sources, and Barriers,” reports findings from an analysis of how research is used in the process of developing higher education regulations in the U.S. Department of Education.

Professor Natow’s multi-case study found that research has been used and cited in higher education regulations, but not as frequently as other factors, such as experience, beliefs, examples, and the law. She also examined barriers to using research in higher education rulemaking. These include time constraints, unavailability of data, politics, lack of government research capacity, and other disjunctions between the research and policy communities. Moreover, the contexts in which particular rules were created shaped the prevalence and sources of research used in the regulations’

The article is available open-access on the Education Policy Analysis Archives website and can be downloaded .

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