ERIC Number: ED317230
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec-16
Community College Student Allocation Study. Report No. 88-6.
Washington State Legislature, Olympia. Legislative Budget Committee.
In an effort to determine how the system-wide total student full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment, as authorized by the legislature, is allocated among the several community colleges, this audit was conducted in 1988. The audit also sought to evaluate how effectively the community college system utilized the system-wide student FTE limit to determine specific educational programs and services. Following an introduction and background information on allocations and district boundaries, the current allocation process, the needs and demands of state allocations, an enrollment study, and FTE allocations in other states are examined. Compliance with the enrollment limit was tested by constructing a computer matrix of allocation levels, actual enrollment levels, and anticipated allocation levels. Percentages of change in individual college allocations were compared to the percentage change in the system-wide limitation. The system-wide allocation increase is .4% and most individual college adjustments were within 1.5% of the figure. Findings indicated general compliance; reallocations of FTE's between colleges as a result of the system were rare, occurring only when a college failed to fill its allocated quota. In evaluating individual utilization of student FTE allocations, the audit indicated the following: (1) the state's four-year institutions should develop a standardized data collection and reporting system that will collect and report the mean average grades of upper division transfer students from each state community college, and the mean average grades of all upper division students; (2) the system of collecting and comparing job success rates of former vocational education students at individual community colleges should be refined; and (3) the above data should be distributed to local community college boards of trustees, local community college presidents, and other interested parties. A summary of recommendations is followed by appendices containing letters, tables, maps, and comments. (WJT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Legislature, Olympia. Legislative Budget Committee.