ERIC Number: ED174074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-May
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Marginal Funding: A Difference That Makes a Difference? AIR Forum 1979 Paper.
Monical, David G.; Schoenecker, Craig V.
A model that allows for the assessment of alternative funding formulas for postsecondary educational systems is described. The need for a practical planning model to fit the changing context of higher education funding is emphasized. The importance of a relatively simple funding model that will allow consideration of the aggregate impact of changing basic variables is also discussed. Various components of the proposed model are described. The model is designed to consider alternative funding formulas such as marginal funding, where ratios and compensation rates vary by the magnitude of the projected enrollment changes. The application of the model to a study of Minnesota higher education is described. From results of the study based on the practical planning model, it is concluded that some form of marginal resource allocation may serve to benefit both the state and higher education in a period of declining enrollments. While the model operates at a statewide level of aggregation, it is suggested that it would also be beneficial to those interested in system and institutional resource allocation patterns. (Author/SF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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