ERIC Number: ED124066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
The Implications of Federal Education Policy.
Conrad, Clifton; Cosand, Joseph
The significant role of the federal government in the support of higher education is noted in a survey of the development and changing patterns of federal support, and a critical review of the directions of current federal policy is offered. Implications are drawn about the effects of this policy on such national concerns as providing equal educational opportunity and maintaining the quality of the nation's postsecondary education system. An important distinction is made between the identification of federal policy through the legislative process of establishing programs (authorization) and the implementation of federal policy through the legislative process of funding programs (appropriation). Consideration is given to such critical issues as completing priorities for federal and state funds, different enrollment trends, emphasis on student aid almost to the exclusion of institutional aid, and the problem of maintaining low-cost public higher education while also preserving a viable private education sector. The student aid funding levels for disadvantaged students are found to be insufficient, and increasing costs and rigorous financial needs tests are reducing the college attendance rates of middle income students. New directions for identifying and implementing federal policy to serve national purposes are given. (LBH)
Descriptors: College Students, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Finance, Enrollment Trends, Equal Education, Equalization Aid, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Higher Education, Middle Class Students, Student Loan Programs
Publications Department, American Association for Higher Education, One Dupont Circle, Suite 780, Washington, D.C. 20036 ($3.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education.