ERIC Number: ED222121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Interstate Comparisons of Higher Education Systems in Nine States.
New Jersey State Commission on Financing Postsecondary Education, Trenton.
A statistical and analytical procedure for selecting states for the purpose of comparing their postsecondary systems with New Jersey's is detailed by a public commission appointed by the New Jersey Board of Higher Education. The approach used factor analysis to examine information on specific variables that describe the socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, and higher education goals of postsecondary systems in each state and the District of Columbia. In the statistical analysis, weights were applied to the variables and eight prominent factors were determined. A rotation of the factors, and calculation of states most similar to New Jersey on these factors, led to the identification of eight states for which useful comparative information was gathered. The policies of these eight states and New Jersey in 1975-1976 are discussed in terms of similarities and differences in budgeting, governance, and student aid programs. The eight states most comparable to New Jersey were as follows: Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. Six of the states provided direct subsidies to independent postsecondary institutions, most often for contracted services. Allocations for student aid programs ranged from 2.4 percent to 12.8 percent of the higher education appropriation. Information for each of the nine states is presented on: the type of statewide governance agency, the state's master plan (if any), study commissions, postsecondary goals, the budget submissions process, type of state subsidies to public and private institutions and to students through grant aid, tuition policy and levels, student aid programs, enrollment distributions for all students and student aid recipients, and a ranking of the states on income per capita. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Commission on Financing Postsecondary Education, Trenton.
Identifiers: Blue Ribbon Commissions; Connecticut; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; New Jersey; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Virginia
Note: Tables identifying variables used in factor analysis, factor scores, and other supporting information may not reproduce well due to small print size of original document.