ERIC Number: ED292533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Financing Community Colleges, 1988.
Wattenbarger, James L.; Mercer, Sherry L.
This review of state approaches to community college financing includes information from 42 states, representing 97% of the total community college enrollments in the country. Section I offers a brief analysis of the status of community college financing in 1988, highlighting several changes in resource allocation methods. The report notes that funds are directed to institutions on the basis of individual and/or system negotiation instead of by full-time student equivalent (FTE); that the political influence of the system/institution has increasingly become a major factor in determining allocations; and that states are increasingly computing allocations based on a "cost to continue" with an increased number of instances of funding for defined categorical aid. Section II presents tables showing, for each state: (1) operating funds by source; (2) sources of state appropriations by percent for general operating and unrestricted funds; (3) mean expenditures of operating costs for credit programs; (4) rank order of states by reported expenditure per FTE student; (5) states reporting or anticipating changes in methods of financial support; (6) state funds which are categorical or for limited use; (7) sources of funds for capital outlay; (8) sources of funding for noncredit courses; (9) tuition/fee changes; (10) financial aid changes; (11) state provisions for colleges experiencing enrollment declines; and (12) state financial problems. Section III offers brief case studies of the financial situation in each state, grouped by type of funding method. Finally, section IV suggests revised criteria for financing community colleges. A 23-item bibliography is included. (UCM)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Budgeting, Budgets, Community Colleges, Costs, Educational Finance, Educational Trends, Federal Aid, Fees, Financial Policy, Financial Support, Full State Funding, National Surveys, State Aid, Tuition, Two Year Colleges
American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036 ($15.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. of Higher Education.; American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.