ERIC Number: ED430424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Zemsky, Robert, Ed.
Policy Perspectives, v8 n4 Apr 1999
This essay examines the higher education challenges facing the state of Florida in the coming decades, focusing on solutions to demographic, economic, and social issues that may be applicable to other states as well. The state's population has increased substantially since 1950 and continues to increase at a high rate, placing significant demands on public and private higher education. An aversion to tax increases in the state, the low tuition charged by state colleges and universities, and the lack of coordinated educational planning are major factors influencing higher education policy in the state. Florida needs to better utilize private colleges and universities to meet the growing educational needs of its population. Among the conclusions reached are the following: Florida needs to encourage broad public discussion of policy issues facing the state; it must seek greater mission differentiation among institutions, truth-in-pricing of higher education, institutional accountability in regard to learning outcomes, and better coordination between higher education and the business community; public policy must consider the state's independent institutions an integral part of the state system of higher education; and the state must make a greater investment in learning infrastructure. (MDM)
Descriptors: Educational Cooperation, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Private Colleges, Public Colleges, Public Policy, State Universities, Statewide Planning
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, FL.
Authoring Institution: Knight Collaborative, Akron, OH.; Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. Inst. for Research on Higher Education.
Identifiers - Location: Florida