ERIC Number: ED369145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Access and Affordability: Strategic Financial Perspectives for Independent Schools.
Aitken, H. Peter
The challenge to independent schools is maintaining excellent facilities and instruction while providing access to students from the widest range of financial backgrounds possible. This is difficult when many independent schools struggle to balance their budgets. There is growing evidence that independent schools are becoming less affordable and that compensatory trends in financial aid may be unsustainable. Increasingly affluent and inaccessible independent schools will not be in the position to play an important role in educational reform if trends continue. The National Association of Independent Schools began the Project on Pricing and Affordability to address these problems. As an outgrowth of that project, this book is designed to stimulate and support imaginative thinking in the independent school community on educational quality, access, and affordability. There are eight chapters: (1) "Background: The Project on Pricing and Affordability"; (2) How to Use This Book"; (3) "Where Do the Dollars Go?"; (4) "Financial Equilibrium: Balancing the Present and the Future"; (5) "Financial Assistance: How Is It Working and Where Are We Headed?"; (6) "Class Size and Individual Attention: Reexamining Articles of Faith"; (7) "Variety and Scale in School Programs: The Interplay Between School Mission and Market Forces"; (8) and "Agenda for Future Research." An index is included. (Contains 40 references.) (JPT)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Policy, Financial Problems, Private School Aid, Private Schools, School Funds
National Association of Independent Schools, 1620 L Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Independent Schools, Washington, DC.