ERIC Number: ED396783
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Funding the Multipurpose Community College in an Era of Consolidation.
Palmer, James C.
Although the community college is a product of the publicly subsidized move to mass higher education during the 25 years following World War II, it now faces a more stringent fiscal environment that severely challenges its comprehensive, multipurpose character. Funding in the current era of consolidation entails an examination and reconciliation of the conflicting fiscal imperatives of the different institutional roles that the colleges hold. The first role is that of a flexible institution, allowing students to take courses on a tentative or occasional basis. The second role is that of the scholastic institution, facilitating degree completion or successful entry into higher levels of the graded education system. The third role is that of the social service agency, utilizing special purpose grants to carry out or coordinate economic development or social welfare programs. Although all three of these functions have been embraced by the colleges and serve the diverse constituency of mass higher education, funding mechanisms necessarily represent a trade-off between the benefits that each role yields. Scarcer resources put these trade-offs in sharper relief, making it more important for decision makers to prioritize their expectations for the educational roles community colleges will carry out. (Author/TGI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper submitted to the American Education Finance Association.