ERIC Number: ED264933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
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The Consequences of Financial Retrenchment: An Impact Study in Washington State.
Schoening, Don; Terrey, John N.
A comprehensive investigation was conducted of the impact of the financial reductions that occurred during the 1979-81 and 1981-83 bienniums on the Washington state community college system. Data were obtained for fall quarters 1979 and 1982 to determine if there were significant differences between variables encompassing employee staffing levels, numbers of course sections, vocational and academic full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment, vocational and academic headcount, time and location of course offerings, student-faculty ratios, and student characteristics. Study findings, based on comparisons of fall 1979 and fall 1982 data for all 27 community colleges in Washington, included the following: (1) the total mean staffing level fell from a high of 247.70 FTE staff members to 217.44; (2) reductions were found in the number of transfer, general education, vocational, and home and family courses offered; (3) while significant increases in academic FTE enrollment occurred in math courses, decreases were seen in humanities, and public health and physical education courses; (4) significant increases in vocational FTE enrollment occurred in data processing, while decreases were seen in business and commerce, mechanical engineering, home and natural science, public service, and occupational support; (5) a mean increase of 3.45 FTE students was observed in the total academic student-faculty ratio; (6) part-time student status showed a significant mean reduction; and (7) Black and Indian American headcount decreased significantly. (MPH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Washington