ERIC Number: ED212246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Funding Higher Education in the 1980s: Responses to Enrollment Shift and Decline.
Spence, David S.; Joyner, L. Felix
Funding and enrollment issues facing higher education are considered in two articles. In "Funding for Higher Education Enrollment Shifts in the 80s," David S. Spence outlines the decline in number of traditional college-age students; the trend to older, part-time, place-bound students; the increasing demands for remedial, continuing, and occupation-related education; and how these developments may affect different kinds of institutions. State actions aimed at recognizing fixed and variable costs in higher education budgets are described. These actions are designed to enable institutional expenditures to be raised or lowered at a different rate than enrollment changes. As variations or program budgeting grows, legislatures are likely to check more closely on whether funds appropriated to higher education are spent specifically on the programs for which they are requested. In "An Institutional Perspective on Funding for Higher Education Enrollment Shifts in the 80s," L. Felix Joyner views the problems of enrollment shifts based on experiences with a state system composed of 16 universities (North Carolina). Many of the alternate funding proposals seek to lessen the financial distress for institutions that are still growing. This is viewed as politically and practically unsound, and it is suggested that minor adjustments to current funding practices be made, rather than adopting substantially different ones. (SW)
Descriptors: College Administration, College Students, Declining Enrollment, Educational Finance, Enrollment Trends, Expenditures, Financial Problems, Financial Support, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, Operating Expenses, State Aid, State Universities, Student Needs, Tax Allocation
Southern Regional Education Board, 1340 Spring Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30309.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.