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ERIC Number: ED298346
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Pages: 19
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Financing Continuing Higher Education: A Review of the Literature.
Leptak, Jeffrey
The numbers of participants in continuing education and the amounts expended on them illustrate the growing impact of continuing education on college and university financing. Although postsecondary institutions are eager to enroll adult students, they fail to recognize that the average student is no longer 18 and thus has different financial and service needs. The administration of continuing education is marked by contradictions. Although its objectives are distinctly instructional, its financing often follows the auxiliary services model of self-support. Apart from the adult students' own money, most of the support for continuing education comes from the Federal Government. Barriers to adult students' access to financial aid are part-time enrollment, inaccurate assessment of discretionary income, and the minimum limit of federal grants. Options for supporting continuing education most favored by leaders in higher education include tax allowances (income tax deductions, deferments, credits), educational entitlements and vouchers, employer-sponsored programs, and fundraising and development. Five recommendations for change are eliminating the use of continuing education units (CEUs) to generate profits for the institution, keeping CEUs close to the academic mission of the institution, using income tax credits, gaining business support, and pursuing fundraising more vigorously. (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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