ERIC Number: ED352088
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing the Financial and Institutional Concerns of Arkansas Community and Technical Colleges: A Model Approach.
Kapraun, E. Daniel; Heard, Don A.
In an effort to determine the extent to which Arkansas community and technical colleges have been affected by budgetary restraints, changing enrollments, unstable state support, and other problematic factors during academic years 1989-90 through 1991-92, a survey was administered to all 9 community colleges and 10 technical colleges. Survey results, based on responses from 56% of the community colleges and 100% of the technical colleges, included the following: (1) the mean full-time equivalent enrollment for the 3-year period under study increased by 62% for the technical colleges, from 226 students in 1989-90 to 364 students in 1991-92; (2) while average community college budgets increased by 33.7% and technical college by 30%, these increases have not been sufficient to meet the demands of increased enrollments; (3) 80% of the community colleges and 90% of the technical colleges increased tuition during the period; (4) between 80% and 100% of the institutions reported deferring expenditures for maintenance, purchases of equipment, and new construction; (5) all institutions reported involvement in contract training as an institutional advancement activity; (6) 80% of the community college respondents indicated that Arkansas's current financial allocation methods were unreasonable and/or unfair; and (7) technical colleges expressed a greater desire than community colleges to participate in staff development programs. A literature review, a review of study implications for practice, data tables and graphs, and 14 references are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Budgets, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Educational Finance, Enrollment Trends, Financial Exigency, Financial Problems, Government School Relationship, Institutional Characteristics, Part Time Faculty, Resource Allocation, Staff Development, State Aid, State Surveys, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Univ., Fayetteville. Dept. of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Foundations.