ERIC Number: ED254130
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
1985: The Economic Outlook for Higher Education.
AAHE Bulletin, p3-6 Dec 1984
Trends in higher education and the impact of the economy on colleges and universities in 1985 are considered. College enrollments, trends in the ability to pay, and private giving are examined, along with employment in higher education and college costs. Three possible explanations for unexpected growth in enrollment rates are: higher education is counter-cyclical in relation to overall economic activity; the number of older students has increased; and students are borrowing to pay their costs. It is claimed that the common belief that it is easy to pay for college is based on data obtained from a small, comparatively high-income group. In 1985, it is projected that the middle-income population will have greater difficulties with college costs, due to retargeting of federal student aid to lower-income students. It is also estimated that the sharp increases in corporate profits of 1984 will carry forward to increase private giving in 1985. However, two changes in federal tax laws will adversely affect incentives for private giving, and may adversely affect nonprofit schools that depend on private giving. While private contributions are being received, they are being used for current operations. Pressures on college costs and student tuitions are likely to continue. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.