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Higher Education and Silicon Valley: Connected but Conflicted [Supplementary Materials]

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What follows is a series of materials intended to supplement Higher Education and Silicon Valley: Connected but Conflicted. Drawing on quantitative and historical data from 1970 to 2012 as well as 14 case studies of colleges, this book describes a rich and often tense relationship between higher education and the tech industry. It focuses on the ways in which various types of colleges have endeavored--and often struggled--to meet the demands of a vibrant economy and concludes with a discussion of current policy recommendations, suggestions for improvements and reforms at the state level, and a proposal to develop a regional body to better align educational and economic development.

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The San Francisco Bay Area hosts an increasingly complex and crowded ecology of organizations providing postsecondary training and services. This map identifies over 300 institutions public, private for-profit, and private not-for-profit schools located in the Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties. 


The Cross-Sectional Data Set & Codebook

We created this data set to describe patterns and trends among higher education institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area. The panel uses data from two primary sources, the Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) and the Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS). Both sources are national surveys of U.S. colleges and universities fielded by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The data in the panel span seven counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz.  It represents more than four decades of data—from 1970 to 2012. 

Academic Program Reviews

While the primary qualitative data for this research study came from formal interviews with administrators at broad access colleges, we sought alternative data sources for the purpose of triangulation. One major data source we employed was academic program reviews conducted by departments at our institutions under study. This paper provides some background on these reviews, an explanation of how we employed them, and some revelatory themes that emerged from our analysis of them. We make recommendations for policies around academic program reviews that could increase their use value both for researchers and for higher education professionals.


Johns Hopkins University Press


Data Set Documentation and Codebook.pdf

Cross-Sectional Data Set.xls

Academic Program Reviews.pdf

List of All Postsecondary Institutions in the Seven County Bay Area.pdf

W. R Scott
Michael W. Kirst
Johns Hopkins University Press
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