ERIC Number: ED100247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
A National Policy for Private Higher Education. The Report of a Task Force of the National Council of Independent Colleges and Universities.
Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
This report is concerned with the future of private higher education, however, the recommendations it offers, are directed to the public interest in strengthening the whole higher educational system. The private sector of higher education is enormously valuable to American society and is an influential complement to the public sector. The financial problems of private higher education other than demographic factors and escalating costs--the tuition gap, the unfavorable provisions of federal student aid programs, the indiscriminate creation of new public institutions, and tax reform proposals inimical to private philanthropy--could all be solved or alleviated by quite modest changes of public policy. Each state should provide adequately funded grants having the effect of substantially narrowing, but not necessarily closing, the tuition gap. This report elaborates on one simple way to narrow the gap, namely, tuition offset grants for all students in private institutions. Other chapters cover correcting geographic inequities in public aid to the private sector; modifying present federal students aid programs; statewide planning; tax laws and tax administration; fund raising by public institutions; and other measures. Appendices include a review of comments on private colleges in recent reports on financing higher education; and implications of the 18-year old majority. Part two contains the conclusions and recommendations. (Author/PG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.