ROPS 2024

SPECIAL ISSUE: Opportunities and Challenges for California Higher Education

In early 2023, John Douglass and I discussed the possibility of selectively expanding the scope and reach of ROPS authorship beyond the CSHE community for the first time in its twenty-five-year history. The most fruitful way ahead, we thought, would be to invite contributions organized around a special thematic issue: as of this publication, the third such special issue published by ROPS (the first two in October and November 2023). For this Special Issue, we wanted to take stock of higher education in California. As we wrote in the Call for Papers in April 2023: As we approach the quarter-...

How Helpful Are Average Wage-By-Major Statistics In Choosing A Field Of Study? by Zachary Bleemer, CSHE.1.24 (January 2024)

Zachary Bleemer

Average-wage-by-major statistics have become widely available to students interested in the economic ramifications of their college major choice. However, earning a major with higher average wages does not necessarily lead individual students to higher-paying careers. This essay combines literature review with novel analysis of longitudinal student outcomes to discuss how students use average-wage-by-major statistics and document seven reasons that they may differ, sharply in some cases, from the causal wage effects of major choice. I focus on the ramifications of two-sided non-random...

Public University Systems and the Benefits of Scale by James R. Johnsen. CSHE 2. 2024 (February 2024)

James Johnsen

Multi-campus public higher education governance systems exist in 44 of the 50 U.S. states. They include all the largest and most influential public colleges and universities in the United States, educating fully 75 percent of the nation’s public sector students. Their impact is enormous. And yet, they are largely neglected and as a tool for improvement are underutilized. Meanwhile, many states continue to struggle achieving their goals for higher education attainment, social and economic mobility, workforce development, equitable access and affordability, technological innovation,...