ERIC Number: ED227762
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Student Aid Computer Search Organizations: Preliminary Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the California Student Aid Commission.
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
Findings of a California committee that investigated computer-based student aid search services are examined. In mid-1982, over 40 computer search organizations had been identified. A survey of the organizations found that almost all were private-for-profit firms. Only four of the respondents that offer a direct service to students maintain their own database. Most of the others utilize the database of Academic Guidance Services, an organization that has a database of about 3,800 sources, but which does not offer a service directly to students. Based on a review of the survey findings, the committee made observations regarding the following: advertising, fees and refund policies, quantity and quality of the database, quality of information, and inclusion of federal/state sources. The committee noted that the following three postsecondary institutions utilize computer searching to provide information about outside resources to their students: The University of California, Los Angeles; The University of Santa Clara; and California Lutheran College. The committee recommended that funds be provided to prepare an annual, updated compendium of private student aid sources that can be distributed to all schools in California. A questionnaire and findings are appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.