ERIC Number: ED172851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
California Community College Education: Post Proposition 13.
Howard, James E.
A generic, descriptive system dynamics model is presented for a California community college district single campus. It provides an analytical tool for community college administrators who must consider the dynamic effects of policy changes on the system as a whole, rather than on isolated components of the system, when corrective financial policies are called for by revenue cutbacks. In figure 1 of this Community College Finance Model, a causal-loop diagram illustrates structural assumptions and basic feedback loops. Four major sectors are identified: enrollment, cost, revenue, and tuition. Beginning with the enrollment sector, an admission rate permits students from three income categories to enter the community college. As the number of students increases, the amount of state revenue increases, but there are corresponding increases in the costs of education (salaries, employee benefits, supplies, operating expenses, capital outlay, etc.). Total costs equal total revenues when no tuition is charged. Should this situation change and total costs exceed revenues, a deficit in available funds would be created. This could be alleviated by charging tuition, but tuition creates a disturbance in admission rate. The results of conceptualizing and programming this flow model appear in tabular and graphic form. A bibliography is included. (RC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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