ERIC Number: ED342312
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
The Preservation of Excellence in American Higher Education: The Essential Role of Private Colleges and Universities. Report of the ECS Task Force on State Policy and Independent Higher Education.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
This report examines the role of private higher education in meeting public purposes, considers how state policies affect this role, and presents actual and potential trends. Also, the report warns of serious causes for concern and presents recommendations that include preventive measures deserving early consideration. Sections of the report include discussions of the contributions made by private higher education to educational quality and to state and national interests; and the causes for concern for private higher education in areas such as enrollment, affordability, tuition, and governance. Also examined are the components of state policies that affect the financial environment in which private higher educational institutions must function. These policy components involve the recognition of the private sector in statewide planning, student subsidy policies, availability of specific grants or contracts, the availability of general purpose direct funding, and state tax policies. The report's final section contains recommendations to the states, the Educational Commission of the States, the Federal Government, and to the institutions of higher education (private and public) that are designed to enhance the higher educational system of the United States. Appendices include tables of enrollment statistics for U.S. institutions of higher education, and a summary of previous reports on state policy and private higher education. (GLR)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Enrollment, Federal Aid, Governance, Higher Education, Private Colleges, Private Education, School Support, State Aid, Statewide Planning, Student Financial Aid, Trend Analysis, Tuition
ECS Distribution Center, 707 17th Street, Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427 (PS-90-3, $15.00 plus postage and handling).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.; AT&T Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.