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ERIC Number: ED264899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug-12
Pages: 128
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
State Financing of Higher Education under Changing Conditions: The Illinois Community College Situation.
Fonte, Richard
This two-part report provides an analysis of the current funding formula for Illinois community colleges, financing recommendations, and an overview and analysis of national trends in state financing of public higher education. Part I begins with a discussion of community college funding in Illinois, followed by an overview of five external trends affecting the current funding formula. The next sections analyze the linkage between Illinois' community college funding formula and enrollment, and examine approaches that have been taken to "desensitize" funding levels from enrollment trends. Next, several funding problems are identified, relating to uneven fluctuations in enrollment, fluctuations between categories of enrollment, and general enrollment decline. The paper then looks at Illinois' approaches to mission recognition, fair share and equity, and program improvement and quality. Part I concludes with a series of recommendations for improving the Illinois funding formula, along with a discussion of implementation considerations. Part II begins with an overview of historical trends in state financing of higher education, focusing on funding goals, purposes, approaches, levels, and influences. Next, current and future trends are examined in the areas of enrollment, demographic mix, emerging occupations, economic factors, and the political environment. The next two sections examine alternative formula funding approaches (e.g., formula allocation for instruction costs, decoupling, buffering, and marginal cost techniques) and alternatives to formula budgeting (e.g., incrementalism, performance indicators, and program budgeting). Finally, a framework for analyzing state funding is presented. (LAL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois