Professor, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs
Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Senior Fellow, National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
231 Parrington Hall, Box 353055
William Zumeta joined the Evans School faculty in the fall of 1985. He holds a joint appointment as Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in the College of Education. He served as associate dean of the Evans School from 2001-05 and acting dean from March-August in 1988. He has been faculty coordinator for the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management program since 2008. He is also co-director of the Collaborative Researchers in Education Sciences Training (CREST) program, an interdepartmental Ph.D. training program supported by the U.S. Department of Education. He was the recipient of the Graduate Dean's Award in 2010-11 for service to graduate education at the University of Washington.
Zumeta teaches in the areas of policy analysis and public policies toward higher education and the workforce. His research interests focus on higher education policy, including accountability; finance; graduate education and academic research policies, public policies affecting private higher education policy, and education and workforce policies. He has been a senior fellow of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education since 2005 and a fellow of the TIAA-CREF Institute since 2008. He was president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, a national scholarly organization, in 2009-10.
His research has been supported by a wide range of government agencies, foundations, and national groups. He previously taught at the University of British Columbia, University of California-Los Angeles, and the Claremont Graduate University.
Zumeta holds a Ph.D. in public policy and a MPP from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a BA in political science from Haverford College.
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1978
MPP, Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, 1973
BA, Political Science, Haverford College, 1969
Private Higher Education and Public Policy: A Global Comparative View, special issue of Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 13(4), 2011, co-editor with D. Levy.
"State Policy and Private Higher Education in the U.S.A.: Understanding the Variation in Comparative Perspective." Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 13(4), 425-442, 2011.
"What Does It Mean to be Accountable? Dimensions and Implications of Higher Education’s Public Accountability" - ASHE Presidential Address. Review of Higher Education 35(1), 131-148, 2011.
"What Matters for Excellence in Ph.D.Programs? Latent Constructs of Doctoral Program Quality Used by Early Career Social Scientists." Journal of Higher Education, 2011 (2011, Sept./Oct), with E. Morrison, E. Rudd, and M. Nerad.
“Accountability Policies in Higher Education: Directions Old and New.” The States and Public Higher Education Policy: Affordability, Access, and Accountability, Second Edition. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 173-199, 2011, with A. Kinne.
“Recent Patterns in the Growth of Private Higher Education in the United States.” The Global Growth of Private Higher Education, 2010, with K. Kinser, R. LaSota, and others.
“California.” In David Dill and Franz van Vught (Eds.). National Innovation and the Academic Research Enterprise: Public Policy in Global Perspective. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
“The ‘Great Recession’: Implications for Higher Education.” In The NEA 2010 Almanac of Higher Education, National Education Association, 2010.
“Does the U.S. Need More College Graduates to Remain a World Class Economic Power?” A white paper prepared for a national debate on this subject held February 26, 2010 at the National Press Club, February, 2010. The debate was broadcast by PBS stations nationwide.
Review of: Richard Richardson and Mario Martinez (2009). Policy and Performance in American Higher Education, TCR Reviews, December, 2009.
"Financing Higher Education in Challenging Times" in The NEA 2007 Almanac of Higher Education, National Education Association, 2007.
California Community Colleges: Making Them Stronger and More Affordable from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, March 2007, with D. Frankle.
"The New Accountability: The Potential of Performance Compacts in Higher Education" in National CrossTalk 15, Winter 2007.
"Public Higher Education in Washington State: Aspirations Are Misaligned with Fiscal Structure and Politics" (127 KB PDF) in R. Ehrenberg's What's Happening to Public Higher Education?, Greenwood Press for the American Council on Education, 2006.
"State Higher Education Financing: Demand Imperatives Meet Structural, Cyclical, and Political Constraints" (286 KB PDF) Chapter in E.P. St. John and M. D. Parsons' Public Funding of Higher Education: Changing Contexts and New Rationales, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.
"Attracting the Best and the Brightest" (21 KB PDF) with Joyce S. Raveling in Issues in Science & Technology, January 10, 2003
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