ERIC Number: ED032874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
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The Relationship of Size to Current Expense of Education in California Single-College Public Junior College Districts.
Ostrom, William Albert
This study was an investigation of unit costs during the 1966-67 school year for single-college, California public junior college districts. The relationships between institutional size and total current expense of education, expenditures in seven major budget classifications, and expenditures in certain combinations of budgetary classes were examined. The presidents of the 51 colleges that met the criteria for inclusion were requested to send records of their colleges' expenditures for 1966-67; 48 (94.12%) responded. Information from the colleges was converted to expenditures per unit of average daily attendance. The colleges were ordered by size and divided into three groups of 16 colleges. Conclusions included: (1) the relationship between size and both the total adjusted expense and the various budget classifications was nonlinear, the smallest colleges incurred the highest, and the medium size colleges incurred the lowest mean cost; (2) regarding actual amounts expended, the smallest colleges varied the most in their expenditure patterns; (3) small colleges spent a smaller portion of funds on teachers' salaries or on other direct costs of instruction; (4) regardless of size, the distribution of funds within their budgets was similar for most of the colleges; (5) there may be a point of diminishing returns in college growth, as a college may be too large for fiscal efficiency. Recommendations developed from the results of the study are also included. (MB)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Finance, Expenditures, Two Year Colleges, Unit Costs
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Identifiers - Location: California