ERIC Number: ED226791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Financial Characteristics of U.S. Community College Systems during Fiscal Years 1977 and 1980.
Loftus, Virginia L.; And Others
A study of community college funding in 1977 through 1980 was conducted to determine whether a trend evident from 1950 through 1975 toward increased state funding, tuition, and fees and concomitant decreased local funding continued during the latter part of the 1970s. The study also tabulated statistical information concerning the financial characteristics of state public community college systems. Study findings, based on reports and studies of community college finances and enrollments and on census data, included the following: (1) between 1977 and 1980, local revenues decreased by 6.9%, tuition and fees by 0.8%, and federal funding by 0.2%, while state revenues to community colleges increased by 6.3%; (2) during this period, 9 states experienced an increase in tuition and fees as a percentage of total revenues, while 37 states experienced a decrease; (3) 64% of the community college students attended part-time in 1979, compared to 58% in 1976; (4) average revenues per full-time equivalent student increased 28% between 1977 and 1980; (5) the largest shift in funding occurred in California, where state revenues increased from 40% to 65%, and local revenues decreased from 46% to 19%; and (6) the majority of the 27 states that altered types of funding plans changed from more complicated plans, such as cost-based program funding and minimum foundation funding, to less complicated plans, such as negotiated or unit rate funding. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Univ., Normal. Center for the Study of Educational Finance.