The comparative analysis will study three variables: 1) legal framework of the government on public higher education, 2) accessibility of state colleges and universities and 3) linkages between the government, industry and the academe.
The legal framework refers to the government agencies, the laws passed and the official policies on public tertiary education. Policies can take the form of budgets, funding, priorities, plans, investment, publicity and other factors. This variable focuses on the government.
Accessibility means the number of people enrolled in public tertiary institutions and its relation to the number of high school graduates, the costs of higher education, the number of schools vis-a-vis the population, the time and requirements for enrolling in colleges and universities. This variable studies more the effect of higher education on people and society.
Linkages refer to the employment opportunities, percentage of graduates employed nationally and internationally and connections of public colleges and uniersities to companies, organizations, government and other employers. This variable focuses on the business and private sectors.