Information about McLendon and braxton

Information about Articles by McLendon and Braxton

These two are written by authors who have vast knowledge and experience in education and tuition. Their arguments in these articles are therefore well articulated and based on sound knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding education and tuition. This essay gives more information on the articles by summarizing each of the articles and pointing out the main ideas expressed by the authors of each of the article.

The first article, titled ‘The Politics of Tuition Setting at Public Research Universities’ has been authored by Michael McLendon and two other authors. In this article, the authors lament the inadequate systematic examination of the public-college tuition. According to them, there are factors out of the education sector that affect the level of education and the quality of tuition that is offered in public higher education research institutions.

Through a state versus state comparison of the quality of tuition, the authors demonstrate that the disparities in the education sector are due to the political and social influence that the education sector in each of the areas receives. This influence may be positive or negative and hence directly determines the level, quality and value of the education. The argument is based on the data collected from more than 162 public research institutions of higher learning in over 49 states in America.

Having done this research in a span of over 22 years, the information that the article provide is adequate and authoritative. The results of this research indicate that the political factor in any culture is a major determinant of the level of tuition that is available in any one institution. The article also demonstrates the existence of multicultural differences on the impact that these political factors have on the education system. This means that the influence is not homogenous across the states.

The second article is by Braxton and two other authors is titled ‘The Influence of Active Learning on the College Student Departure Process: Toward a Revision of Tinto’s Theory.’ The article explores the problem associated with students’ departure from colleges. In the article, the authors explain that for a two-year college almost half of the students who get enrolled depart before the end of the year. Further, a quarter of those who enroll in four-years colleges drops out by the end of the first year. This, according to the authors, has raised academic and social concerns. In the study, the authors are exploring the phenomenon of students’ departure from the perspectives of social, economic, organizational, societal and psychological influences.

The exploration is based on the interactionalist theory proposed by Tinto and reveal that students disinterest in tuition are affected by all the factors earlier mentioned. The institutions have failed to provide the students with the best available tuition and active learning. However, an observation is made that this failure does not entirely point back at the institutions, rather, there are influences outside the institution that make this failure realized.

These two articles are important references and resources in shedding more light in the effect that various social and political processes have in the education system. The information being championed in the articles will assist educators and policy makers to institute strategies to ensure that the levels of tuition and standards of education is not negatively affected.

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