ERIC Number: ED355998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Study of Fee Impact: Phase 2. 1993.
California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
In response to continuing reductions in state tax support for the California Community Colleges (CCC), the CCC Board of Governors is considering a fee increase of from $10-per-unit to $30-per-unit, and has requested the Chancellor's Office (CO) to conduct a study of the impact of such a fee increase. Drawing on a number of information sources, including data from the Student Expenses and Resources Survey, telephone surveys, national data, and local studies, and considering the impact of several fee alternatives, the CO's ongoing study is examining the following questions: how many students are affected by the various fee increases; what other factors influence enrollments; which students are affected and how; how are the colleges affected; how is economic recovery and long-term economic growth in California affected; and how do the CCC's compare with community colleges in other states with regard to fees, access, and educational outcomes? Study results include the following: (1) following spring 1993 fee increases, enrollment declined by 7% from fall 1992, representing a loss of 105,000 students; (2) telephone surveys indicate that the spring 1993 fee increase affected new and low-income students, while surveys of the college districts revealed course cuts in low-enrollment courses, particularly in the arts; (3) new fee increases will have their most significant impact on Asian, Hispanic, and African-American students; and (4) while the CCC's train 68 of every 1,000 adults in California, compared to 18 of every 1,000 in other states, the CCC's operate with less total funding per full-time equivalent student than community colleges elsewhere. Detailed data tables are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Budgets, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Economic Impact, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Finance, Enrollment, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Projections, Enrollment Trends, Fees, Financial Exigency, Full State Funding, Income, Minority Groups, Paying for College, Retrenchment, Student Behavior, Student Costs, Tuition, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.