ERIC Number: ED357783
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Declining Revenues and Increasing Enrollments: Strategies for Coping.
Collins, Susan E.; And Others
A study was conducted by the Community College Program Area at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to measure the effects of declining revenues on open door policies of community colleges. One aspect of the study, conducted in fall 1992, sought to determine what community colleges across the nation were doing to maintain quality services when budgets have been reduced through declining state support. The survey instrument was mailed to 30 institutions, and useful data were obtained from 27, including 18 colleges experiencing budget shortfalls. Study findings included the following: (1) 81.3% of the institutions reported current budget shortfalls; (2) 77.8% reported decreases in state funding, compared to 5.6% reporting state funding increases; (3) 30.8% reported local funding decreases; (4) 23.5% indicated that they had the authority to raise taxes, and 89% had development or advancement offices; (5) all colleges reported overall increases in enrollments, with transfer programs experiencing the largest increases; (6) 88.9% had increased tuition and fees, and 58.8% increased fees related to instruction; (7) salaries and curriculum development were affected by declining revenues; and (8) strategies currently used by colleges to cope with financial problems included forging partnerships with business and industry, increasing grant development and private foundation initiatives, increasing part-time appointments, increasing class sizes, and participating in educational consortia. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg.