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ERIC Number: ED149668
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Southern Higher Education and the 1977 State Legislatures. Regional Spotlight Vol. XXI, No. 1.
While 1977 was hardly a banner year for southern higher education in terms of legislative appropriations, it was an improvement over the most recent years. Financial stringency in recent years has given way to modest revenue gains in most southern states, with many reporting small but larger than expected surpluses. Budget increases ranged from 6 to 28 percent, with individual states' priorities and revenue sources varying widely. Most of the new monies were absorbed by funding existing programs, adjusting for inflation, and raising salaries. Capital expenditures were a rarity. Appropriations for community colleges increased at a greater rate than for the rest of higher education. There was continuing support for private colleges and universities. Spiraling tuition increases appeared to slow somewhat, and the issue of student financial aid received some attention. Other issues of importance include: boosts in health care delivery; the discontinuance of state agencies that have outlived their usefulness; faculty workloads and academic privilege; grade inflation; students on governing boards; licensing institutions; higher education relations with business and government; and implications for future legislative action. (MSE)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Capital Outlay (for Fixed Assets), Community Colleges, Faculty Workload, Financial Support, Governing Boards, Government School Relationship, Grading, Higher Education, Inflation (Economics), Medical Services, Private Colleges, School Business Relationship, State Action, State Agencies, State Legislation, Student Financial Aid, Student Participation, Teacher Salaries, Tuition
Southern Regional Education Board, 130 Sixth Street, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30313
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.