ERIC Number: ED202361
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Van Alstyne, Carol
Concerns relating to the economics of higher education, including inflation, are considered. It is suggested that future sources of rising costs are energy, equipment, books, and federal requirements, and that another major economic concern involves trends in enrollments and in tuition revenues. Projections of declining enrollments should be subjected to further analysis, since college enrollments depend on economics and politics as well as demographics. Population trends in the different states vary markedly above and below the national average, and only 25 to 50 percent of the college-aged population are actually enrolled in college. It is noted that while college and universities are seeking to attract adult students to compensate for the decline in 18- to 24-year-old cohorts, those institutions facing the sharpest enrollment declines are not necessarily those best located to attract larger numbers of adults. The federal government attempt to redefine equality of access in narrow economic terms, using a concept of net price, is criticized, along with proposals for tuition tax credits. Other economic factors include the future decline in veterans' benefits, which indirectly provide financial support to higher education, and a relative shift of federal revenue sources from income taxes to employment taxes, which erodes the benefits of the tax-exempt status of higher education institutions. Additionally, the burden of federal program requirements, the need for new budgeting formulas, meeting capital requirements, the need for better analysis of college financial conditions, state and federal roles, legislative cycles, and research funding are addressed. (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.