ERIC Number: ED425787
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Degrees of Excellence: Higher Education in Minnesota.
Larson, Mark; Rubinstein, Mitchell; Pile, Deborah; Bergstrom, Todd; Walter, Amy
Degrees of Excellence is a publication that examines the forces behind the rising cost of higher education, and discusses several policy proposals put forward in Minnesota and elsewhere to improve performance and accountability in higher education. Several factors that have converged to strain public higher education budgets in Minnesota include the following: (1) 15% more of the Minnesota's population attends college than the national average; (2) Minnesota's public colleges and universities are numerous and widespread; (3) public institutions have increased spending faster than inflation and faster than increases in state appropriations; and (4) growing state spending for healthcare and elementary and secondary education has further reduced higher education's share of the state budget. Proposals to increase accountability include: (1) funding students rather than institutions; (2) tying funding to performance; (3) establishing a single governing entity for public higher education in Minnesota; (4) consolidating campuses; (5) altering tenure practices; (6) establishing standards for faculty teaching workloads; (7) utilizing technology; and (8) creating tax and savings incentives to help families pay for college. Also discussed in the document are financial aid, tuition costs, state expenditure, enrollment, graduation rates, and funding. (AS)
Descriptors: Accountability, Community Colleges, Costs, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Enrollment, Faculty Workload, Higher Education, Public Colleges, Student Financial Aid, Technology, Tuition
MN Planning, 658 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55155; Tel: 612-296-3985; Web site: http://www.mnplan.state.mn.us
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Planning Agency, St. Paul.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota