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ERIC Number: ED212318
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Proration--Its Effects on Two-Year Postsecondary Educational Institutions in Alabama.
Searcy, Robert Dexter; Seymour, John
Under Alabama law, the State Department of Revenues maintains a trust fund from which all allocations to state educational institutions are made. In the event of a shortfall in the trust fund, the governor is required to prorate payments to educational institutions by the percentage of that shortfall. Since 1938, proration of the funds for public education has occurred during several periods, at rates ranging from 2.76% to 14.14%. In 1980-81, in anticipation of continuing proration, a study was conducted to determine its effects on Alabama's two-year postsecondary educational institutions. Chief executive officers of Alabama's community and junior colleges and technical institutes were surveyed to determine the effects of proration on institutional budgets, personnel, and programs. Responses from 42 chief executive officers indicated that instruction was the budgetary category most affected by proration-induced budget reductions, with funds for travel, equipment, and supplies for instructional units reduced at rates ranging from 27% to 46%. Other proration-induced effects were seen in increased student-teacher ratios, reductions in non-instructional staff, and reductions ranging between 20% and 26% in regular and summer term classes. Until the funding of educational institutions is on more sure footing, it is incumbent upon college presidents and directors to prepare financial contingency plans and intensify searches for additional sources of income. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alabama; Proration of Funds