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ERIC Number: ED308916
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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Texas Two-Year College Funding: Issues for the 1990's.
Cloud, Robert C.
An overview is provided of trends and issues in the financial support of Texas's community colleges. Part I provides introductory comments on the functions, enrollments, and costs of the state's public community college system. Part II reviews nationwide trends in the state and local support of two-year colleges, effects of declining revenues, models of financial support, and efforts to stabilize funding. Part III offers a historical overview of the funding process in Texas and explains the contact hour system used to support all instructional costs other than facilities construction, maintenance, and operation. Under the contact hour system of funding, appropriations are based on a median cost figure for each program applied to the contact hours produced for that program. The structure enables each community college to receive a line item appropriation each biennium based on contact hours produced by the college during the previous funding period. After highlighting the benefits of this funding structure, the paper details state appropriations for 1988-89 and discusses other sources of college revenue. Part IV identifies funding issues for the 1990's and beyond, including the need to diversify the state's economy; the the need for colleges to solicit corporate and private financial support; the effects of state legislation mandating skills assessment and remediation for entering college students; and the impact of population dynamics. After part V discusses the implications of the state's continuation as the primary funding source for the community college system, part VI draws conclusions and offers recommendations. (ALB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas