ERIC Number: ED399849
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May
Reference Count: N/A
Financing the Plan: California's Master Plan for Higher Education 1960 to 1994, Report 95-1.
This report identifies and discusses some key findings of a data base project that analyzed public finance of public education over 35 years in California. It seeks to understand the relationship between state policy, as expressed in the Master Plan for Higher Education, and financial support of higher education. Among findings highlighted are the following: the share of state appropriations for the state institutions are similar in 1990 as in 1960; state funding per student kept pace with funding in other states but increased substantially when compared with other sectors of the economy; enrollment levels have been decoupled from funding; faculty salaries lag behind those at comparable institutions; and student fees have increased at very high rates. Unlike earlier crises in public higher education finance, the crisis of the 1990's appears not to be cyclical and it is not likely that an economic recovery will relieve pressure on state and higher education budgets. Facing continuing fiscal stringency, a new world economy, rapidly changing technologies, and a larger and more diverse population, the state must reestablish the link between the budget and new policies but new policies must be addressed first. (JLS)
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Educational Planning, Financial Exigency, Financial Policy, Financial Problems, Higher Education, Long Range Planning, Master Plans, Public Colleges, State Aid, Statewide Planning, Trend Analysis
California Higher Education Policy Center, 160 West Santa Clara Street, Suite 704, San Jose, CA 95113 (free).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Higher Education Policy Center, San Jose.
Authoring Institution: MGT of America, Inc., Tallahassee, FL.
Identifiers - Location: California