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Examining the Influence of Texas’ Strategic Plan for Increasing University Research: Loose Coupling and Research Production at Regional Public Universities
Fernandez, Frank; Fu, Yuan Chih; Hu, Xiaodan et al.
2023In Journal of Higher Education
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Keywords :
Quasi-experiment; difference-in-differences; research policy; higher education finance; state policy
Abstract :
[en] States have adopted a variety of policies to encourage universities to expand research production, with the hope of supporting economic growth and competitiveness. This paper considers whether a state-level initiative succeeded in influencing university-based research outputs among regional public universities. We test whether the Texas Research Incentive Program increased research production at a set of state universities as measured by total research spending, federally-funded research spending, the number of scholarly publications, and the share of publications published in high impact factor journals. Using a novel dataset and difference-in-differences analytic strategy, we found that TRIP adoption was associated with a 19%-25% increase in research expenditures at emerging research universities in Texas relative to a matched set of comparable universities. However, TRIP did not influence federally-funded research expenditures or journal publication outputs. We also show that federally-funded research expenditures influence publication outputs — both in amount and quality — and that number of full-time faculty influences both federal research expenditures and publication outputs. We discuss contributions to the literature on regional public universities, loose coupling, and research production, as well as implications for policy.
Disciplines :
Sociology & social sciences
Author, co-author :
Fernandez, Frank;  University of Florida > Institute of Higher Education
Fu, Yuan Chih;  National Taipei University of Technology > Graduate Institute of Technical and Vocational Education
Hu, Xiaodan;  Northern Illinois University > Department of Counseling and Higher Education
Moradel Vasquez, Juan Jose  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Social Sciences (DSOC)
External co-authors :
yes
Language :
English
Title :
Examining the Influence of Texas’ Strategic Plan for Increasing University Research: Loose Coupling and Research Production at Regional Public Universities
Publication date :
29 March 2023
Journal title :
Journal of Higher Education
ISSN :
1538-4640
Publisher :
Taylor and Francis, United Kingdom
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Focus Area :
Educational Sciences
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