ERIC Number: ED273234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-30
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Expenditure Patterns in Four-Year Public and Private Colleges.
Brinkman, Paul T.
Aspects of economic behavior of colleges and universities were examined empirically. Two groups of comparable, instruction-oriented institutions, one from the private sector and one from the public sector, were analyzed. Five issues were examined: resources dedicated to lower-division students, the economic impact of part-time students, the extent and nature of scale-related economies (diseconomies), the effect of management flexibility on resource allocation, and relative efficiency. Multivariate analysis was employed with data primarily from the Higher Education General Information Survey for fiscal year 1982. Findings include: the number of upper-division students is the most critical variable affecting economic behavior; undergraduate part-time students have an impact in the instructional area that is probably more than commensurate with the credit-hour demands they create at private colleges but less than commensurate at public institutions; and both types of colleges would likely experience a decrease in average expenditures per student if they could increase enrollments, provided that additional students were distributed by level in about the same way as they currently are. Appendices include information on variables used in the regression analysis and detailed results of regression analysis. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Boulder, CO.