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ERIC Number: ED131823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Costs of Implementing Federally Mandated Social Programs at Colleges and Universities. Policy Analysis Service Special Report.
Van Alstyne, Carol; Coldren, Sharon L.
Federally mandated social programs that apply to colleges and universities because they are treated as business entities are covered in this report. These programs have contributed to the continually increasing operating costs of colleges and universities over the last decade. This study aims at providing quantified examples of these cost increases and at understanding their impact on the financial condition of academic institutions. The programs of federal social legislation covered include: equal employment opportunity, equal pay, affirmative action, age discrimination, wage and hour standards, unemployment compensation, social security tax increases, health maintenance organizations, retirement benefits, wage and salary controls, occupational safety and health, and environmental protection. Implementation efforts from 1965 to 1975 are reported for six institutions: University of Illinois-Urbana, Miami-Dade Junior College, Duke University, Georgetown University, Hampton Institute, and College of Wooster. The results of this study suggest that implementing federal policies regarding social justice, manpower, science, defense, and taxation has a far greater financial impact on higher education than does any explicit and coherent federal policy in support of higher education. Some of the effects are intended, some unintended, and some scarcely recognized. (LBH)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Age, Costs, Discriminatory Legislation, Educational Finance, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Federal Regulation, Financial Problems, Fringe Benefits, Higher Education, Operating Expenses, Salaries, Social Action
Publications Division, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. 20036 ($3.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Policy Analysis Service.