ERIC Number: ED202340
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: N/A
New Assumptions for State Level Leadership in the Future.
Mautz, Robert B.
Some historical developments concerning public higher education, the fiscal outlook, and enrollment trends are considered. Although historically state-supported universities were autonomous, the decade following World War II brought greater state involvement. Increasingly, political rather than educational considerations governed decisions regarding the division of monies among the universities and colleges. Most states have established a single agency to coordinate and plan postsecondary education. Boards were given authority to recommend the establishment of new institutions, the expansion of existing ones, and other functions. The fiscal situation is a major concern for the future. The impact of inflation and a stable income or a decreased rate of increase of that income has had quality and programmatic effects, and has affected the expectations and morale of citizens. Declining enrollment trends will mean extreme competition for traditional students and expanded educational offerings to other age groups: adults, inmates, shut-ins, and others. It is advocated that caution be exercised to avoid further deterioration of academic standards. It is projected that because of educational, economic, and political necessities central coordinating boards may appear ineffective advocates from the universities' standpoint, and as ineffective managers from the legislative standpoint. It is suggested that it is important to the welfare of higher education that governing boards survive. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.