Faculty Profile

David Breneman

University Professor, Professor of Education and Public Policy

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Breneman served as Director of the Public Policy Program at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy from 2006 to 2009. Prior to that he served as Dean of the Curry School of Education from 1995 to 2007.

He was Visiting Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education from 1990 to 1995, where he taught graduate courses on the economics and financing of higher education, on liberal arts colleges, and on the college presidency. As a Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institution he conducted research for a book, Liberal Arts Colleges: Thriving, Surviving, or Endangered?, published by Brookings in 1994. He was selected as the recipient of the 1999 Award for Outstanding Service from the Council for Independent Colleges for this work.

From 1983 to 1989, he served as president of Kalamazoo College, a liberal arts college in Michigan. Prior to that, he was a Senior Fellow at Brookings from 1975 to 1983, specializing in the economics of higher education and public policy toward education.

He attended the University of Colorado-Boulder as an undergraduate and earned his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.

Selected Recent Publications

Smart Leadership for Higher Education in Difficult Times

Smart Leadership for Higher Education in Difficult Times, co-edited with Paul J. Yakoboski (Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2011).  read more »

The California Master Plan: Influential Beyond State Borders?

“The California Master Plan: Influential Beyond State Borders?,” co-authored with Paul Lingenfelter, in Sheldon Rothblatt (ed.), Clark Kerr’s World of Higher Education Reaches the 21st Century: Chapters in a Special History (New York: Springer, 2012). read more »

Financing American Higher Education in the Era of Globalization

Financing American Higher Education in the Era of Globalization, with co-authors William Zumeta, Patrick M. Callan, and Joni E. Finney (Cambridge: Harvard Education Press, 2012). read more »

Related News & Events

“They are also simplifying the SAT, and I believe will provide it at low or no cost to low-income students,” Education Prof. David Breneman said in an email. “These changes may make the test somewhat less of a barrier to low-income students. The changes may also undercut some of the test-prep companies, which mainly helped high-income students.” read more »

Congratulations to David Breneman, former director and senior associate dean for academic affairs at Batten, James Wyckoff, director of the joint Batten-Curry Center on Eduction Policy and Workforce Competitiveness, and University Professor and Batten affiliated faculty member Sarah Turner! read more »

David Breneman, an economist of education at the University of Virginia, says the for-profit group may have bought the university for its accreditation. read more »

The concept of hybrid learning is not new, but the speed with which it is likely to be adopted in the next decade though “MOOC’s” (Massive Open Online Courses) could have far reaching effects on the operational and financial management of colleges and universities. (Monday, March 11) read more »

Includes Senior Associate Dean David Breneman and Director of Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness Jim Wyckoff read more »

2012 APPAM Fall Research Conference, November 8-10, Baltimore, MD read more »

2012 APPAM Fall Research Conference, November 8-10, Baltimore, MD read more »

Dave Breneman addresses new public college and university Board members at retreat read more »

Higher eduction trends Breneman first pointed out more than 20 years ago persist read more »

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