ERIC Number: ED354800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Background Papers Prepared for the "Study of the Escalating Costs of Higher Education."
Pelavin Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
This report presents seven studies commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education to examine the issue of the rapid rise of college costs during the 1980s and the ability of American students and families to afford higher education. The seven papers are as follows: (1) "The Ability to Afford Higher Education: Past, Present, and Future" (Ralph M. Bradburd et al.) which describes trends in affordability for different types of students and families; (2) "Understanding the Quality Issue in U.S. Higher Education" (Ralph M. Bradburd et al.) which examines measures of educational output (including financial and other measures), analyzes expenditure patterns, and suggests federal policy options and institutional strategies to improve quality at U.S. colleges and universities; (3) "The Market for Higher Education: An Economic Analysis" (Ralph M. Bradburd and Duncan P. Mann) which characterizes the higher education market as segmented due to differences among institutions, the students they serve, the services they provide, and the resources available to them; (4) "Faculty Utilization" (Rita J. Kirshstein and James Fairweather) which focuses on the compensation, activities, productivity, and attitudes of the faculty of U.S. colleges and universities; (5) "Issues in Public Higher Education" (Daniel Sherman et al.) which profiles state-supported higher education institutions, with emphasis on state financing of higher education and the determinants of tuition levels; (6) "Expensive Private Institutions" (Daniel Sherman and Jon Cohen) which focuses on those institutions charging tuition and fees of $10,000 or more in 1988; and (7) "Tuition and Expenditures in Higher Education: An Econometric Model" (Charles L. Masten) which addresses the chicken-and-egg question of whether higher education institutions raise tuitions to cover their expenses, or whether revenue generated from tuition increases fuels expenditure growth. (References accompany each paper.) (GLR)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Compensation (Remuneration), Educational Demand, Educational Finance, Educational Quality, Educational Resources, Expenditures, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Paying for College, Private Colleges, State Colleges, Teacher Attitudes, Trend Analysis, Tuition, Universities
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Policy and Planning (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pelavin Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: For the complete study, see ED 328 114.