The Missing Link: The Importance of Policy Implementation Research
Policy implementation studies are crucial for identifying and removing policy barriers to increase access to higher education. While seemingly unobtrusive, policy implementation can identify where disconnects in policies occur, yet is treated as the missing link between policy making and policy evaluation. This presentation will highlight the results of a recent qualitative study that uses in-depth interviews to probe administrator’s perceptions of access for underrepresented students at a large research institution in southern Florida. The theoretical underpinnings of this study will be shared along with methods for collection to propagate the importance of policy implementation research and elucidate how institutional practice and policy can be remedied for organizational change.
Keywords: Policy Implementation, Organization Theory, Access to Higher Education, Administration, Perceptions
Graduate Research Assistant, Adult, Career, & Higher Education Administration, The University of South Florida, Tampa