ERIC Number: ED033657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1965
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State-Wide Pattern of Higher Education in Virginia.
Connor, James R.
This report discusses higher education in the State of Virginia as it relates to some economic and social factors, and maps the distribution of colleges and universities in the state. A 2% standard, based on the fact that Virginia has 2.2% of the total national population, is used to measure the state's relationship to the US as a whole. In areas of taxation and financial support for schools and colleges, Virginia is significantly below the 2% standard. Its performance in education, which should approximate 2% of national performance, is much lower. The median number of school years completed by the average adult Virginian in 1960 was 9.9, compared to a national average of 10.6; variations among state counties range from 6.5 to 12.8 years of schooling. In 1964, institutions of higher education in Virginia had only 1.54% of all students enrolled in the US. Degree production is low. The greatest deficiency is at the graduate level, where production is less than 1% of national totals, and the rate of increase is slow. Accredited colleges and universities are not well distributed geographically to serve the various local areas of the state. The programs and locations of these institutions are analyzed and the state-wide patterns for various kinds of higher education services are displayed in a series of 62 maps. A projection of enrollment trends suggests that by 1980, the college-age population in Virginia may more than double current totals. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Virginia Higher Education Study Commission, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia