ERIC Number: ED330388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan-24
Reference Count: N/A
Florida Community College Finance: Update. Report 2.
Florida State Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, Tallahassee.
In Florida, community college enrollments have increased by 41% over the past 5 years. The use of a 3-year average to fund enrollment has penalized those colleges which have grown dramatically. This report analyzes the range of community college expenditures by instructional program; the relationship of instructional expenditures to support expenditures; the methodology used for determining the operating costs of new facilities; and issues of matriculation, tuition, and related fee policies. In addition, the report makes recommendations concerning continued state funding for supplemental vocational programs and presents a formula to be used for funding enrollment changes at the community colleges. Following an executive summary and introduction, section II provides an overview of the community college funding process, examining enrollment workload and new facilities workload. Section III discusses the operation, costs, and review processes for supplemental vocational education. Finally, section IV reviews additional considerations and issues, and presents study recommendations which include the following: (1) state funding for community colleges should give priority to each institution's base funding allocation; (2) the calculation of enrollment workload should be based on prior year enrollment rather than on a 3-year rolling average; (3) current student fee levels should be increased; and (4) supplemental vocational education expenditures and enrollments should continue to be reported and analyzed. Data tables, and a 1990 report by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems on Florida community college funding, are appended. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, Tallahassee.
Note: Prepared in response to Specific Appropriation 634B of the 1990 General Appropriations Act, Chapter 90-209, Laws of Florida.