ERIC Number: ED235843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Case for a Fee Policy That Provides Two Years of Fee-Free Community College Education.
Fernandez, Alfred P.
Any plan to institute student fees for California community colleges should address public concerns about budgetary matters, course repetitions, avocational courses, and courses that are not clearly lower division, while at the same time protecting districts from unanticipated enrollment losses and preserving the right of access to education by persons of modest means. One such approach to student fees would be to allow all matriculated students to take 70 units of community college education without fees, after which they would pay fees for all courses. Because students would be required to matriculate, this approach would improve student assessment, placement, and retention; provide for more efficient use of space; and promote a classroom atmosphere more conducive to learning. Additionally, matriculation would provide data for the study of reverse transfers, vocational retraining, avocational repeaters, and community college students in general. Although less direct revenue would accrue from this plan than from the imposition of fees for all students, hidden savings may result from: (1) a greater likelihood that students finish classes; (2) more care by students in selecting courses; and (3) greater student awareness of course requirements and earlier selection of goals. An appended paper answers questions concerning the proposed fee plan related to the need for a student fee policy, exceptions, matriculation, and the components of and rationale for the plan. (HB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ventura County Community Coll. District, CA.