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ERIC Number: ED184473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb-19
Reference Count: 0
The Future of Comprehensive Colleges and Universities.
Brooks, Norward J.
The comprehensive colleges and universities--often former normal schools that have grown quickly in recent years--are seen to be affected primarily by declining financial resources, declining enrollment, and competition, now and in the near future. Financial resources are affected by higher priority placed on other state budget items; tax limitation movements, retirement and disability programs claiming more funds, declining return on endowments, and inflation. Concurrently, there is pressure to serve new populations without adequate compensation for added costs. Enrollment of traditional students is declining, but nontraditional students are being actively recruited. Although this may help enrollment rates, it may also contribute to a lowering of academic standards. Competition is seen to come from "degree mills," colleges with low standards, and accredited private colleges and universities. Collective bargaining and tenure may affect staffing patterns. It is felt that the challenge of the comprehensive colleges and universities is finding new opportunities to employ resources at hand to best serve the higher education community. They may do this in part by lobbying to change public policy and by minimizing competition. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For related documents see HE 012 521-524