Public Policy

Michael McLendon, Ph.D.

Michael McLendon

A specialist in the study of U.S. higher education, Dr. Michael McLendon is dean and professor of higher education policy and leadership at Baylor University’s School of Education.

McLendon’s research has examined the sources of variation in college costs and prices, college affordability and state funding of higher education, the role of public policy in promoting college access and success, the factors influencing the rise of new accountability and financing policies in K-12 and higher education, and legislative and gubernatorial involvement in higher education across the states.

He is published in many books and journals, including Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, The Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Teachers College Record, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and Educational Policy. His work has been reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, The Texas Tribune and elsewhere.

McLendon currently serves as a gubernatorial appointment to the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability. He has repeatedly been named as one of the nation’s leading university-based academics whose research contributes most substantially to public debates around education in the United States.

McLendon came to Baylor in July 2015 from Southern Methodist University, where he held the inaugural Harold and Annette Simmons Centennial Chair in Higher Education Policy and served as a professor and the associate dean for academic affairs at the Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Previously, he served as the executive associate dean and chief of staff at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development, serving for 13 years as a professor of public policy and higher education. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Baylor University, his master’s degree in higher education from Florida State University and his doctorate in higher education policy from the University of Michigan. He is a former elected member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), a senior fellow of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies and a faculty fellow at the University of Georgia Institute of Higher Education.

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