ERIC Number: ED380048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
The Changing Environment in Higher Education.
Shires, Michael A.; And Others
This paper describes the national demographic and economic context of higher education and offers interpretations of what it portends, in order to illuminate the changing environment of higher education. The discussion focuses on: (1) demographic trends, such as the projected annual enrollment growth in the 1990s of 1.2 percent and the increasing heterogeneity of the student body; (2) fiscal trends, such as flat or declining public revenues per full-time equivalent student, widespread tax limitation movements, and growth in private support; and (3) cost trends, such as consistently rising costs for instruction, administration, and research since the early 1960s, which have outstripped prices common to other sectors. Temporizing responses, or even neglect, might be the best answer to problems that stem from short-term, ephemeral perturbations in long-term trends, but substantial changes in institutions and systems may be needed to address problems engendered by fundamental shifts in the underlying demographic and economic forces. Higher education's institutions and systems will need to be substantially restructured to effectively serve society's future needs and expectations with the limited resources likely to be available to them in the future. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA. Inst. on Education and Training.
Note: For an earlier related document, see ED 363 210.