ERIC Number: ED116525
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Postsecondary Education in Hard Times: Appearances and Realities.
Higher education is exhibiting three trends or influences: (1) declining enrollments; (2) a low priority for postsecondary education relative to other demands on our public and personal budgets; and (3) scarce resources. The author expresses some skepticism about the strength of these influences. The birth rate is declining, but enrollments are influences by population shifts, the cost of tuition, the types of programs offered, and the ability of the institution to attract the older, nontraditional student. The lack of public concern for postsecondary education is suspected to be relative to the supply of the services offered. As the supply decreases, public concern will rise. Resources may be scarce, but if people can be convinced they are getting a good buy for their dollar, the proportion of available resources dedicated to postsecondary education can be changed if the need is demonstrated. This involves identifying and assessing the benefits of postsecondary education both measurable and unmeasurable and, at the same time, improving management so that the best use possible is made of these resources. The Kirschling-Postweiler Plan for federal financing of postsecondary education is outlined as providing for tuition reductions, student grants, or general institutional grants to improve access. (JMF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.