ERIC Number: ED278464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Emerging Land Use Practices in Two Year Colleges. A Report of a National Survey of Land Use Practices of Community, Junior and Technical Colleges.
Bender, Louis W.
A national survey was conducted to determine land use practices among a random sample of 192 two-year colleges and to compare findings with results from a 1978 study. The survey solicited a description of the institution; a description of all campus land together with estimates of acreage directly dedicated for educational programs, acreage unusable because of negative terrain, and acreage available for various land use purposes; a description of the actual use of all acreage, including estimates of costs associated with the uses; information on any income generated from land use, including data on oversight and operations; and ideas and problems associated with income land uses. Study findings, based on responses from 113 colleges, included the following: (1) 88% of the colleges reported that some percentage of the total campus acreage could be made available for various non-educational purposes; (2) the respondents reported that 8,133 acres (52% of the total acreage reported) was dedicated directly to the educational programs; (3) 53% of the institutions reported that all or portions of land available for various uses was used for aesthetic purposes only; (4) the 1986 survey found nearly twice as much acreage (1,214 acres) committed to public use as the 1978 survey; (5) nature trails and recreation areas were the most frequently reported public uses; (6) the total of the maintenance cost estimates reported was $1,260,188 for the maintenance of a combined total of 940 acres (or an average cost of $1,340.62 per acre); (7) 28 institutions dedicated 1,214 acres to income purposes, with the predominant pattern being for an institution to lease land for agricultural purposes; and (8) only 18 respondents to the 1986 survey and 15 respondents to the earlier survey had a formal land use policy. Case studies focusing on land use income and programming, ways of overcoming lack of funds, and an endowment for the perpetual care of the Wilkes Community College (North Carolina) campus are included in the study report, along with state- and institutional-level recommendations. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee. Inst. for Studies in Higher Education.