ERIC Number: ED202345
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: N/A
Personal Perspectives of Federal/State Roles in Postsecondary Education.
Andringa, Robert C.
Brief observations and predictions on the state of postsecondary education and perspectives on federal and state roles are presented. It is suggested that higher education has lost its former high priority status in the minds of the public and ligislators; survival is a major preoccupation with many collegiate institutions; competition for campus-based students in the 1980s will create conflict; and increasing institutional costs will have to be shared. It is proposed that federal total dollar support will keep up with inflation at best, but few new programs will ensue, and there will be strong emphasis on student financial assistance. Indications are that the state role will increase, and a state agency that will serve as a buffer between political pressures and defensive isolationism on the part of academic institutions could be helpful. Increased state support to the private sector is suggested. Suggested strategies for state agencies include the following: emphasize leadership development; identify and involve lay workers; and designate one staff member to be accountable for monitoring federal policy process. Information is presented on the Authorizing Committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the Appropriations Committees of the Senate and House, and budget committees in both legislative bodies. Suggestions are presented for contacting legislators or testifying before the 94th Congress. Among the recommendations are the following: communicate with members of the committee responsible for specific legislation as well as with the Senators and Representatives in Congress from one's own state; keep communications brief and timely; and become acquainted with legislative assistants and administrative assistants in one's own Senator's and Congressional Representative's Office. (SW)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Federal State Relationship, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Legislators, Lobbying, Public Policy, State Government, Trend Analysis
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.