ERIC Number: ED294638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Dec
Abreast of the Lawmakers: State Level Public Policy Affecting Community College Education, Input 1984. A Report to the National Council of State Directors of Community and Junior Colleges (NCSDCJC).
Martorana, S. V.; And Others
Since 1975, the Center for the Study of Higher Education, the Pennsylvania State University, and the National Council of State Directors of Community and Junior Colleges have cooperated in an annual study to identify and analyze pertinent state legislation affecting two-year colleges throughout the United States, to examine the issues which attract public policy action and attention, and to identify trends. An analyis of 1983 legislation, based on information provided by 31 state officials in the 50 states and 4 U.S. territories, revealed that: (1) the level of legislative activity ranged from 1 to 114 pieces of legislation, with the average being 18; (2) finances, administration, personnel, students, and academic programs were the major legislative concerns, while physical facilities and institutional growth were the focus of the least legislative activity; (3) concern for educational quality was only expressed indirectly through legislation dealing with academic programs; (4) there was a decline in student-related legislation and a shift in the emphasis of this legislation to tuition, loans and scholarships, and student mobility across state lines; (5) 12 relevant court cases, most dealing with personnel issues, were reported; and (6) 19 states indicated that a public policy existed to guide cooperation between and among publicly controlled colleges, lower schools, business and industry, and state governmental agencies. (EJV)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, College Administration, College Programs, Community Colleges, Court Litigation, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Educational Trends, Institutional Cooperation, National Surveys, Public Policy, School Personnel, State Legislation, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Council of State Directors of Community-Junior Colleges.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Center for the Study of Higher Education.