ERIC Number: ED111244
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jul
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Legislative History of the Federal Formula-Grant Program Under the Health Professions Educational Assistance Act, 1965-1971. Report No. A2.
The legislative history of the formula-grant program is surveyed. Testimony at congressional hearings is examined to ascertain the positions of government and health professions organizations regarding the purposes and use of formula grants over time. It is shown how changes in the successive laws reflect changing goals of the program. The actual uses of the funds and the relationship between purposes and accomplishments are studied with focus on dental schools only. Two trends are noted: (1) Schools and professional organizations have regarded the funds as subsidies to existing programs rather than as incentives to increase enrollment, and (2) in each renewal of the legislation, Congress has attempted to create stronger incentives to increasing enrollments and graduates and to make more explicit its intentions that the number of health professionals increase. It is also noted that the first-year enrollment increases in medical and dental schools between 1965-1971 were approximately equal to the number of federally-funded new school spaces built in that period, indicating minimal enrollment increases coming from the formula-grant program alone. This is concluded to raise the question: Can per-student grants to schools be effective to increase enrollments without also giving the schools substantial construction assistance? (LBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ.
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