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IHE Team Deconstructs Intermediaries' Messaging

IHE Team

An article by a team of IHE faculty, students, and an alumnus appears in Educational Policy OnlineFirst. Lindsey Hammond, Philip Adams, Paul G. Rubin (PhD 2017), and Erik C. Ness use rhetorical analysis to examine how 11 influential intermediaries package their college completion policy messages.

The article, entitled “A Rhetorical Analysis of Intermediary Organization Documents on College Completion Policy,” is an extension of a five-state comparative case study into the roles that intermediary organizations play in fostering research utilization among policymakers.

They found that intermediary organizations aligned more closely with policymakers than with researchers “utilize more idiomatic language, visually engaging document design, and nonempirical sources of evidence.”

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Graduate Coordinator and Professor of Higher Education
PhD, 2020, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (NCSU)
Doctoral Student
PhD, 2017

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