ERIC Number: ED410823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Confronting the Tuition Spiral. A Sourcebook for Higher Education Policymakers in the West.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.
This report provides trustees, higher education administrators, and state policymakers in the Western states with data on the many factors affecting student costs, from the changing demographics of the region to trends in state appropriations and state funding for financial aid. It discusses how policies in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) states are shifting in response to the concerns raised by these trends. In the early 1990s state appropriations for education began to decline in real terms, lagging behind inflation and the proportion of federal support for financial aid was reduced from 81 percent to 75 percent between 1983 and 1993. As a result, the burden of paying for higher education is shifting back to students and their families during a period when tuition and fees are rising sharply and the number of students from disadvantaged homes is increasing. Leaders and policymakers in the western states are committed to examine choices more carefully and work for longterm solutions to the triple challenge facing higher education: ensuring a quality education in the face of reduced funding and increasing demand. Section 1 consists of tables of demographic data on high school graduates, student enrollment, and student migration; revenue sources; and financial aid. Section 2 contains information on state tuition policies, nonresident student policies, student fee policies; financial aid policies, and a list of state contacts. (JLS)
Descriptors: College Administration, Colleges, Community Colleges, Cost Effectiveness, Demography, Educational Demand, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Educational Supply, Enrollment Trends, Financial Problems, Financial Support, Higher Education, Income, Paying for College, Regional Programs, Retrenchment, Student Costs, Trend Analysis, Tuition, Universities
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752; phone: 303-541-0290; fax: 303-541-0291; http://www.wiche.edu ($15 plus $4 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.