Bullington and Nuckols (Ph.D. HIED ’16) publish new journal issue

Co-Editors-in-Chief for Higher Education Politics and Economics, Kim Bullington (HIED Ph.D. ’14, faculty) and Bill Nuckols (HIED Ph.D. ’16, adjunct faculty) published vol. 10, no. 2.

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Article 1: “Is It Bad I Don’t Know This Yet?”: At-Promise College Students, Financial Aid Knowledge, and Retention by Z. W. Taylor and Elizabeth Rainey

This study describes how at-risk students articulate their knowledge of federal financial aid policy during COVID-19. We interviewed 14 students who were on financial aid warning, a status defined by federal financial aid policy regulations, to examine what students understand about their financial aid standing and the criteria to keep their funding. Findings suggest students were often confused about financial aid eligibility criteria, even though they confidently expressed incorrect information about financial aid policies. Moreover, students were uncertain about how to connect with institutional financial aid resources and did not understand that financial aid advising extended beyond their first semester. This study fills multiple gaps in the literature and articulates how institutions can improve students’ understanding of financial aid policy through multiple modes of communication, intentional interventions, and clearer policies. Implications for research, policy, and practice are addressed.


Article 2: “So I Just Applied:” Understanding the Journey to Student Government Participation by Jonathan L. McNaughtan, Denise Wells, and Claire Bryant

The purpose of this narrative inquiry is to better understand why students in higher education are motivated to get involved in student government. We analyzed the responses of ten current student government leaders at public regional comprehensive institutions in the United States. The analysis is guided by Astin’s theory of student involvement and the social change model of leadership development. The study finds that many leaders did not initially plan to engage in student government, emphasizing the impact of past civic involvement, current student engagement, and peer invitations on their subsequent student government participation. Implications call for institutions to deepen their understanding of enrolled students and provide accessible avenues for leadership development.


Article 3: Open Campuses for the Elite and Restricted Campuses for Others: Class Segregation in Public Higher Education During the Covid-19 Shutdown by Mark Fincher

Segregation is often seen in terms of race. However, it can also be based on socioeconomic status. Public colleges and universities in the U.S. had highly divergent responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite operating under similar health and legal considerations, campuses at most elite institutions were treated as essential functions while the neighboring campuses of less elite institutions were often treated as non-essential functions. This was problematic during the pandemic, but the discrimination appears to be continuing after the emergency has passed. The policy of continued reduction of the role of the college campus is an attractive option for less exclusive institutions. While a campus is most valuable for the more marginalized students, it is their campuses that closed and remain limited. The community college campus is the foundation of higher education for many students. The purpose of this paper was to explore the value of the campus experience.

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