ERIC Number: ED367247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep-10
Reference Count: N/A
The Presidents' Paper--1993.
Virginia State Council of Higher Education, Richmond.
This joint statement by the presidents of 17 Virginia State colleges and universities and the Director of the State Council on Higher Education examines the condition of Virginia's system of higher education in light of reductions in revenue, and urges implementation of proposals made by the State Council of Higher Education to meet the challenges of the 1990s and beyond. Three objectives are addressed: access, quality, and effective use of resources. The Council recommended that an additional $223 million should be appropriated from the state general fund for higher education in 1994-96. If allocated, annual tuition and fee increases need not exceed three percent, roughly the projected increase in Virginia's per capita income and the Consumer Price Index. The presidents also commit their institutions to: (1) freeing up of 1.5 percent of the academic and administrative budgets for 1994-96; (2) evaluating and improving faculty productivity and compensation; (3) improving retention and graduation rates; and (4) publishing admission profiles, graduation and retention rates, the results of employer and alumni surveys, and other measures of the results being achieved. The presidents ask the state government to: keep the state's funding of colleges and universities at 12 percent of the state's general fund budget, provide faculty salary increases, provide an equipment trust fund with lease payments paid entirely from the general fund, and continue to provide operating funds and capital outlay for those initiatives already funded implement the recommendations of the Commission on the University of the 21st Century. (GLR)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Budgeting, College Faculty, College Outcomes Assessment, College Presidents, Educational Finance, Educational Planning, Educational Quality, Enrollment, Financial Problems, Higher Education, Resource Allocation, State Colleges, State Universities, Teacher Effectiveness, Tuition
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Council of Higher Education, Richmond.
Note: For related documents, see HE 027 210-213.