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Routledge Education Author of the Month, September 2012: Edward St. John

Edward St. John, Algo D. Henderson Collegiate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Michigan (UM), is concerned with education for a just society, an interest that stems from decades of research on educational policy and practice. At the UM, St. John’s research, service, and writing have focused on the use of state-of-the-art research methods to inform policy and program developments that reduce inequalities in K-20 education. His new textbook Public Policy and Higher Education, part of the Core Concepts in Higher Education series, published this month.

St. John completed an Ed.D. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy at Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1978. During his career as policy researcher with the Missouri Department of Higher Education, the U.S. Department of Education and private research firms, St. John has worked on research supporting policy development and implementation in K-12 and higher education. Recognizing the strong influence of political ideologies on the increasing centralization of policy, he accepted a position as Associate Professor at the University of New Orleans in 1989. At that time his work began to focus on the unintended consequences of federal educational policy and the shift in federal student financial aid from an emphasis on need-based grants to loans. He has also been a professor at the University of Dayton and Indiana University.

As director of the Indiana Education Policy Center, St. John conducted studies informing development of Indiana’s early reading intervention grant program, refinement and funding of Indiana’s Twenty-first Century Scholars Program, and state policy on high school graduation requirements, before initiating the Indiana Project on Academic Success (IPAS) with support from Lumina Foundation and partner universities. IPAS used state data systems on students in K-12 and higher education to examine issues related to preparation, access, and persistence in state institutions and provided technical assistance to universities engaged in new initiatives focused on improving educational attainment for students underrepresented among recipients of college degrees.

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  1. Public Policy and Higher Education

    Reframing Strategies for Preparation, Access, and Success

    By Edward P. St. John, Nathan Daun-Barnett, Karen M. Moronski-Chapman

    Series: Core Concepts in Higher Education

    Amid changing economic and social contexts, radical changes have occurred in public higher education policies over the past three decades. Public Policy and Higher Education provides readers with new ways to analyze these complex state policies and offers the tools to examine how policies affect...

    Published September 14th 2012 by Routledge

  2. Pathways to Academic Success in Higher Education

    Expanding Opportunity for Underrepresented Students

    By Edward P. St. John, Glenda Droogsma Musoba

    Pathways to Academic Success in Higher Education examines two major challenges facing the nation. The first is preparing high school students for college, a reform that has been tackled largely through state policy initiatives. The second is creating new pathways to academic success for...

    Published April 20th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Breaking Through the Access Barrier

    How Academic Capital Formation Can Improve Policy in Higher Education

    By Edward P. St. John, Shouping Hu, Amy S. Fisher

    Breaking Through the Access Barrier argues that the policies designed to address inequalities in college access are failing to address underlying issues of inequality. This book introduces academic capital formation (ACF), a groundbreaking new theory defined by family knowledge of educational...

    Published October 12th 2010 by Routledge