ERIC Number: ED247983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Assessment and Collection of Drop Fees.
Petersen, Allan L.; Meyer, John
In response to concern that some community college students were being denied access to courses because others had enrolled in more courses than they really intended to maintain, the California community college finance bill of 1983 mandated that the colleges charge students a $10 fee for each course dropped after the second week of the term (not to exceed $20 per student). By August 1984, the 70 community college districts reported the results of their efforts to impose the required fee on students dropping classes, indicating: (1) more than 833,000 students had been assessed the drop fee; (2) the fee was waived on the basis of special circumstances for 45,000 students or approximately 5% of those who incurred the charge; (3) an estimated $6,402,484 was collected and an additional $2,973,582 was assessed but not collected; (4) variations in college success in assessing and collecting the drop fees were attributable to the differences in computing capacity and available staff; (5) although in some cases college representatives felt that the imposition of the fee had the desired effect of causing students to drop classes early enough to allow others to enroll, administrators and faculty at most colleges felt that the costs of assessing, collecting, and providing exemptions to the drop fee far outweighed the fee's limited benefits. The report includes summary comments from a sample of eight colleges. (Author/LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Note: Discussed as Agenda Item 4 at a Meeting of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges (Los Angeles, CA, September 13-14, 1984).