ERIC Number: ED232568
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Policy Analysis Implications of a Model to Improve the Delivery of Financial Aid to Disadvantaged Students. AIR 1983 Annual Forum Paper.
Fenske, Robert H.; Porter, John D.
The role of institutional research in policy analysis regarding the operation of a computer model for delivery of financial aid to disadvantaged students is considered. A student financial aid model at Arizona State University is designed to develop a profile of late appliers for aid funds and also those who file inaccurate or incomplete applications. The unmet financial need of these students is then projected for the various campus-based aid programs, allowing the aid officer to inventory and stockpile such funds to later serve these students with special needs (usually disadvantaged students). However, although disadvantaged students may have difficulty in completing accurate, timely aid applications, most institutions have a first-come, first-served policy for obtaining financial aid. Setting aside funds for late appliers involves many pragmatic, legal, and public relations matters. The involvement of an institutional research unit of any college using the model is likely to be central, and exemplifies the type of policy analysis implications inherent in any research activity that affects social policy. To respond effectively to the dilemmas identified, institutional researchers need to understand the decision-making framework and values of decision makers at the college. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; Arizona State University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (Toronto, Ontario, May 23-26, 1983).