ERIC Number: ED257522
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
The Financial Environment of Community Colleges.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.
An overview is provided of the general patterns and specific patterns of community college financing, with focus on major funding sources, comparative support and expenditure levels, tuition and fee rates and revenues, other revenue sources, and current state budgetary constraints and fiscal conditions. A summary of the data, trends, and conditions presented indicates: (1) although there has been a general drift toward more reliance on state funds to finance community colleges, there is significant variation across states and from year to year within individual states; (2) severe constraints and fluctuations in major sources of support make it difficult for institutions to initiate necessary changes and plan for the future, with increased dependence on limited and highly variable state revenues further hindering institutional initiative and flexibility; (3) substantial variations from state to state in support levels and expenditure patterns reflect different educational roles and institutional characteristics; (4) community college tuition and fees have increased sharply in many states, renewing debates over the appropriate level of community college charges in comparison to student charges in four-year institutions; (5) federal and other sources of support to community colleges have become increasingly limited in recent years, which in turn limits the ability of community colleges to provide employment training and educational access to lower income individuals; and (6) the financial outlook of community colleges is directly linked to state budgetary conditions and political climates. Subsequent sections provide data and statistical analyses exploring the financial environment of the community colleges. (AYC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.