ERIC Number: ED162715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Land-Use: A Financial Resource for Community Colleges? A Report of a National Survey of Land-Use Practices of Community Colleges.
Bender, Louis W.
To determine land-use patterns nationwide in community colleges, a random sample of 287 two-year colleges in 27 states was surveyed on the following topics: (1) description of the institution; (2) description of the land for the campus including estimation of unusable land; (3) assessment of the various uses of the land as well as an estimate of the annual cost of maintenance and/or improvement; (4) information on the specific uses of income generated by land use; and (5) identification of any problems or barriers encountered by institutions in using land for income purposes. There was a 42% response rate to the survey. Three major types of non-educational program land use were observed: commitment of surplus land to aesthetic or land-bank purposes, dedication of some excess land to public use, and dedication of available portions of land to income purposes. Substantial evidence suggests that the colleges in state systems perceive themselves as restricted to land reserve policies. Few, however, have a thorough or meaningful policy. It is concluded that those institutions which determine that their excess land should be used for community uses or for income uses should develop a comprehensive plan and provide for an overseeing group which can reflect the public interest. The survey questionnaire is appended. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State and Regional Higher Education Center, Florida.