This manuscript seeks to better understand the extent to which urban universities have pursued prestige over time. I situate the institution-level decisions made by campus leaders over time and within the higher education context to better understand how these efforts collectively reflect broader forces within the higher education environment towards prestige that aligns with standards of excellence misaligned with the equity-serving mission of urban-serving universities. Findings demonstrate widespread engagement in prestige seeking among urban universities, with greater engagement in areas of enhancing research revenue, graduate enrollment and completions, and enhancing incoming student SAT scores. Implications for administrators at these institutions and for higher education overall are discussed.
"Prestige-Seeking Across Urban-Serving Research Universities,"
International Journal of Leadership and Change: Vol. 6
, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijlc/vol6/iss1/5