ERIC Number: ED224532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Tuition and Fee Increase Impacts on the Students, Programs, and Operations of Washington Community Colleges.
Washington State Board for Community Coll. Education, Olympia.
In 1982, a study was conducted to identify the effects on Washington's community colleges of state legislation requiring tuition and fee increases for 1981-83 and altering residency policies. Presidents, deans of instruction, deans of students, admissions officers, financial aids officers, registrars, adult/continuing education directors, and student government leaders at each of the community colleges were asked to provide opinions and observations about the direct effects of the tuition and fee increases in their areas of work. Responses were received from 133 administrators and student leaders, representing views from all 27 colleges in the system. The study revealed that tuition and fee increases: (1) discouraged part-time student enrollments; (2) diverted some university-bound students to community colleges; (3) made it more difficult for low-income students to attend; (4) reduced off-campus course offerings; (5) diminished opportunities for employed persons to upgrade their work skills; (6) made attending a community college a more narrow social and cultural experience; and (7) increased both administrative and academic workloads. However, the increases also seemed to make students better shoppers for educational services, increase the "fill rates" of some courses, and force institutions to examine course schedules in light of changing demand. The questions addressed to each respondent group are included. (Author/AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community Coll. Education, Olympia.