ERIC Number: ED202344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: 0
Problems and Issues Related to Legislative Process: The State Dimension.
Reibman, Jeanette F.
Issues of concern to higher education in Pennsylvania and possible roles for the state government are addressed by a state senator. The difficulty of providing postsecondary education in view of reduced funds is noted. It is suggested that the expectation that adult students will help solve the problem of fewer traditional aged college students should be questioned. There may be a gap between the potential adult education population and the actual population willing to participate in formal classes. Additionally, it takes four or five part-time students to generate one full-time equivalent, and colleges and universities will be competing with industry, the military, and even high schools for the adult education market. It is suggested that if the public is less willing to pay more taxes, it will be necessary to develop a flexible, efficient, low-cost, and accountable system of postsecondary education. The Pennsylvania Senate Bill 551 calls for a citizens commission to study the governance, structure, and financing of postsecondary education. The commission would be composed of legislators and private citizens and would address such fundamental questions as the following: whether the four-year approach to undergraduate education is pricing itself out of existence; whether Pennsylvania can tolerate its patchwork and chaotic classification of postsecondary educational institutions; whether the state should emphasize direct student aid or institutional subsidy; additional approaches, if any, the state adopts to encourage noninstitutional postsecondary education and learning; and whether the state should define with greater precision the purposes, policies, and programs it supports in the private sector. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania; Seminars for State Leaders Postsec Ed (ECS SHEEO)
Note: Paper presented at a Seminar for State Leaders in Postsecondary Education (Philadelphia, PA, May 1975).