ERIC Number: ED344623
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
A Correlation Study of Selected Characteristics of States and State Community College Systems.
Garrett, Rick L.
A study was conducted in 1989 to identify some of the differences among state community college systems and to determine whether relationships existed between funding levels and other variations in state or state community college system characteristics. All of the 49 states with a system of publicly supported two-year postsecondary institutions were included (South Dakota, which has no public two-year institutions, was excluded). Five basic relationships were identified: a high percentage of state funding correlated with low student tuition and fee rates; a small state population correlated with fewer numbers of community colleges; a small number of institutions correlated with lower faculty salaries; high per capita income correlated with high faculty salaries, and low per capita income correlated with low faculty salaries; high per capita income level correlated with high student tuition and fees; and low per capita income level correlated with low student tuition and fees. Expenditures per full-time equivalent (FTE) student did not correlate with per capita income, percent of state funding, or student tuition and fees. Variations identified among state systems included the following: (1) the percentage of state funds comprising the budget of state systems ranged from 25% in Kansas to 85% in Washington; (2) the annual expenditure per FTE ranged from $2,172 in North Carolina to $5,821 in Idaho; (3) the average annual per capita income ranged from $10,292 in Mississippi to $21,266 in Connecticut; (4) the average nine-month faculty salary ranged from $19,200 in Mississippi to $45,100 in Alaska; and (5) the average annual charge for student tuition and fees ranged from $96 in California to $1,966 in Vermont. An appendix provides statistics by state. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florence-Darlington Technical Coll., Florence, SC.