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ERIC Number: ED208578
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Student Services: Rationale, Costs, and Utilization.
Using a mathematical model and data from four case studies, an economist analyzes the types, costs, and beneficiaries of student services in higher education. Student services are defined as in-kind, consumption-oriented, extra-academic activities produced by universities primarily to serve students. The four categories of student services include basic needs services (housing, food, and health); personal counseling activities; services for student organizations and minorities; and cultural, recreational, and sports services. Universities produce student services as inputs that contribute to educational or community outputs, or because of shortages in local services markets. The author constructs models for computing unit services costs (per student and per service user), cost burdens, and transfers of net benefits to service users. The models are applied to data on the four types of services and on enrollments, degrees, staffing, funding, and other variables at two public and two private universities. Results of the analysis indicate, for each type of service, a substantial transfer of benefits from non-users to users. Discussion of projected changes leads the author to opine that student services will not be cut back soon despite downward demographic and economic trends. (Author/RW)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Cost Effectiveness, Counseling Services, Cultural Activities, Higher Education, Input Output Analysis, Mathematical Models, Noninstructional Student Costs, School Recreational Programs, Tables (Data), Unit Costs
Institute for Research on Educational Finance and Governance, CERAS Bldg., Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Research on Educational Finance and Governance.