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ERIC Number: ED184476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Future of Private Colleges.
Brooks, Norward J.
While the elite private colleges may survive the enrollment declines of the 1980's and 1990's, the less elite, so-called invisible private colleges may have more difficulty. Finance, enrollment, and competition are the three major elements seen to threaten these institutions' futures. They face an uncertain financial future since historically they receive less federal and state funds than their chief competitors, the comprehensive colleges and universities. The small colleges may have to change their characters and constituencies in order to compete for funds. Some options are discussed, including lowering faculty salaries or using unrestricted endowments for operating costs. Enrollment decline may also be especially great in these traditionally nonvocational colleges. In the area of competition, the major difference between the small colleges and their rivals the two- and four-year public colleges is that the former can offer greater diversity. It is noted that the new roles and loss of diversity accepted by small colleges in reaction to enrollment declines may have spawned unfortunate compromises. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: For related documents see HE 012 521-524.