ERIC Number: ED368959
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Coast Guard. Cost for the Naval Academy Preparatory School and Profile of Military Enrollment. Report to the Congressional Committees.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Resources, Community, and Economic Development Div.
The General Accounting Office (GAO) conducted a study for two purposes: (1) to verify how much it costs the Coast Guard to send a student to the Naval Academy Preparatory School in preparation for the Coast Guard Academy and explain what is included in the cost; and (2) to determine to what extent the school is helping the minority profile at the Coast Guard Academy. Data for the study were gathered from Coast Guard records and through discussion with Coast Guard officials about how the Coast Guard budgets and accounts for the preparatory school program's expenses. The study found that, although the Coast Guard reported that its average cost for sending a cadet to the Naval Academy Preparatory School in the 1993-94 academic year was $20,441, the actual cost was about $15,900. The GAO cost finding was lower than the Coast Guard's because, in its calculations, the Coast Guard did not use accurate pay rates and did not consider student dropout rates. The study also found that the Coast Guard's use of the Naval Academy Preparatory School has improved the minority profile at the Coast Guard Academy, which is the primary purpose of the program. Over the past 10 years, on average, 23 (68 percent) of the 34 students who entered the preparatory school each year were minorities. Of these 23 minority students, on average, 15 (65 percent) went on to the Academy. These 15 students represent 39 percent of the total number of minorities entering the Academy in an average year. (KC)
Descriptors: College Preparation, Cost Estimates, Expenditure per Student, Higher Education, Military Schools, Military Training, Minority Groups, Outcomes of Education, Program Costs, School Effectiveness, Transitional Programs
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 2084-6015 (first copy free; additional copies $2.00 each; 100 or more: 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Resources, Community, and Economic Development Div.