ERIC Number: ED358882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Into the Downward Spiral: The Impact of Fee Increases and Course Reductions on LACCD Enrollment and Resources.
Chen, May K. C.
One of the strategies adopted by the California legislature to deal with the state's fiscal crisis was to raise college fees. As of January 1993, regular community college students in the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) are charged $10 per semester unit, and baccalaureate (B.A.) degree holders are charged $50 per semester unit. Moreover, the maximum cap of $100 on enrollment fees has been removed, meaning annual fees can reach $1,500 for B.A. degree holders. In addition, the state's fiscal downturn has led to course reductions in the LACCD. To understand the impact of these changes, and to generate data to assist decision makers in establishing effective policies, the LACCD conducted an analysis of recent enrollment trends in the district. Study findings included the following: (1) spring 1993 enrollment dropped by 8% from the previous spring, with an 18% decline in new students (approximately 10,000 students) and a 51% decline in B.A. holders (more than 5,000 students); (2) three-quarters of the 706 LACCD students surveyed in spring 1993 indicated that they have experienced problems finding classes and paying fees; (3) spring 1993 minority student enrollments continue to match or exceed their proportions in the local population; (4) students enrolling for career reasons increased from 21% in fall 1990 to 31% in spring 1993; (5) among B.A. recipients enrolled in spring 1993, 4% were receiving public assistance and 18% were unemployed; and (6) LACCD enrollment declines in spring 1993 represent a loss of approximately $3.1 million in state reimbursement and $1.4 million in fees. Detailed data tables are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Community Coll. District, CA. Educational Services Div.