State and National Higher Education Coordinating Boards, U.S.

In the United States, at both the federal and state levels, the ultimate responsibility for the raising and appropriation of public funds, the development of laws, and ensuring accountability in public administration rests with elected officials. Nevertheless, daily governmental administration, governance, policy implementation, and coordination are carried out by government agencies and quasi-government agencies at both the federal and state levels. In this regard, higher education is no exception. This entry discusses these higher education agencies and offices, with a specific focus on state-level entities.


Higher education is unique in many ways from other areas of public administration and public policy. First among these attributes are the concepts of academic freedom, academic deference, and institutional autonomy. In short, academic freedom refers to a scholar’s freedom to ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles