ERIC Number: ED412842
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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Tuition and Finance Issues for Public Institutions. AGB Occasional Paper No. 15.
Wallace, Thomas P.; Greer, Darryl G.; Mingle, James R.; Novak, Richard J.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
This paper contains three articles which present the opinions of the authors on public college tuition and state finance. The problem addressed is the large increase in tuition charged by public sector, four-year colleges coupled with the effects of fiscal constraints facing the states. After an introduction by Richard J. Novak, the papers are: (1) "The Inequities of Low Tuition" (Thomas P. Wallace; (2) "Not An Aid to Education" (Darryl G. Greer); and (3) "Low Tuition, Progressive Taxation" (James R. Mingle). The three authors agree with the causes of the large tuition increase, but differ on what share of the cost the individual should pay and on what share society should pay. Wallace urges state governments to allow public institutions to increase tuition for upper income students able to pay. Greer supports low tuition and is strongly opposed to the high-tuition/high-aid approach citing political, educational, and economic reasons. Mingle concedes that some larger institutions (or specific academic programs within institutions) should be free to choose a path that leads to higher tuition and less state control, but warns of problems of using tuition policy to achieve income redistribution. (LEE)
Descriptors: Budgets, Educational Finance, Finance Reform, Financial Problems, Higher Education, Paying for College, Public Colleges, Public Policy, Retrenchment, State Colleges, State Universities, Student Costs, Tax Allocation, Taxes, Tuition
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.