ERIC Number: ED404894
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Zemsky, Robert, Ed.
Policy Perspectives, v7 n1 Nov 1996
This essay is derived from a special round table on the public and private financing of higher education, jointly convened by the California Higher Education Policy Center and the Pew Higher Education Roundtable. Discussions were informed by two sets of commissioned papers. One set of papers was a group of case studies that examined the political and financial circumstances of California, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, and New York to understand the climate for public and private institutions of higher education in those states. The second set of papers surveyed national trends and posed broad policy questions that for three decades have been at the center of discussions concerning the financing of higher education. From these discussions, five recommendations were drawn: (1) the nation cannot afford to have a higher education system stratified by socio-economic status and class; (2) the nation's colleges and universities need to see themselves and to be perceived by others as integral to a broader system of postsecondary education; (3) the nation will be best served by a mixed economy of public and private institutions; (4) higher education's research mission belongs primarily to the nation's research universities; and (5) outcomes in general and learning outcomes in particular provide the best gauge for matching what colleges and universities promise and the revenues they receive. (JLS)
Descriptors: Democratic Values, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Financial Support, Higher Education, Institutional Autonomy, Outcomes of Education, Private Colleges, Program Evaluation, Public Colleges, Public Opinion, Public Support, Trend Analysis
Institute for Research on Higher Education, 4200 Pine St., 5A, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4090.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: James G. Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA.; Teacher Programs Council.
Authoring Institution: Pew Higher Education Roundtable, Philadelphia, PA