ERIC Number: ED148205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Very Small College. A Report to the Ford Foundation.
Kershaw, Joseph A.
The problems and promises of very small colleges, those with fewer than 750 students, are examined systematically in this pilot study. Such colleges represent an estimated four or five percent of the nation's undergraduate enrollment. This report is based on preliminary studies of three small colleges. Focus is on what this kind of institution has to offer; economic issues; dynamics of the mid-1970's; common factors (e.g., budget deficits, sources of income, enrollment decline, curriculum offerings, faculty workload and quality, student characteristics); and the issue of viability. It is concluded that these institutions are in much the same difficulty that afflicts much of unendowed private higher education, and that there is nothing inherent in the smallness of an institution that accounts for financial troubles. (LBH)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Curriculum Design, Educational Demand, Enrollment Trends, Financial Needs, Financial Problems, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Private Colleges, Retrenchment, School Size, Small Colleges, Student Characteristics, Teacher Characteristics, Undergraduate Study
Ford Foundation, OFfice of Reports, 320 East 43rd Street, New York, New York 10017
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.