ERIC Number: ED112713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-May-9
Reference Count: N/A
The "Private" Contribution to Public Higher Education.
Silber, John R.
The economic well-being of higher education in Massachusetts is seen as a vital concern to the state. It is described as a single system, with independent and state components. Discrimination in the right of access to higher education is cited for the 42 percent of the state residents who attend independent colleges and universities in the commonwealth; i.e., those not state-owned and taxpayer subsidized. Public and private institutions are equated in terms of goals and actual costs, but differences are cited in terms of price to the student. Statistics are reported to indicate the economic benefit to the state of private institutions as well as the economic burden carried by the institutions themselves. Comparative graphs are presented on expenditures such as maintenance, retirement and insurance costs, cost-of-living adjustments, fuel deficiency, debt service, and taxpayer/student expenditures. The Massachusetts House Bill 2882, which provides an apportionment to each qualified Massachusetts high school graduate that the student can take to the college of his choice within the commonwealth, is supported with modifications recommended. It is concluded that if the General Court continues to restrict its subsidy of public higher education to the state sector and continues to discriminate against the independent sector, it will eventually destroy a significant part of the system of quality education in Massachusetts. (LBH)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Economic Factors, Educational Economics, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Financial Support, Higher Education, Private Financial Support, Private School Aid, Public Education, Public Schools, State Aid, State Legislation, State Universities, Statistical Analysis
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts