ERIC Number: ED244704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-1
The Low Cost and High Quality Education Provided by Public Two-Year Institutions: A Position Paper.
O'Connor, James E.
Using data drawn from the literature on two-and four-year colleges in the United States, this report compares public two-year institutions with private two-year institutions and four-year colleges and universities from the standpoint of costs, quality of education, and the employability of graduates. Chapter 1 introduces common assumptions relating low cost to low quality and presents the research questions developed to facilitate the investigation of cost, quality, and employability. Chapter 2 discusses the background and significance of the study including a review of the relevant literature. Chapter 3 outlines the procedures for collecting and treating the data. Chapter 4 presents findings in the areas of costs of attending college, educational quality, national testing, college enrollment, transfer education, student satisfaction, employability of and employment prospects for graduates, and concerns of higher education. Finally, chapter 5 discusses study implications, offers recommendations, and highlights the following major findings: (1) the nation's public two-year institutions have been providing the least expensive college education; (2) the education provided by the two-year colleges was of a quality comparable to four-year institutions; and (3) graduates of public two-year colleges have a high rate of employability. (HB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.