ERIC Number: ED431475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Some Thoughts on State Aid for Community Colleges of Arizona.
Arizona State Board of Directors for Community Colleges, Phoenix.
This document proposes a model for operating state aid that provides a more equitable and rational system of state aid appropriations that would primarily benefit rural and low socioeconomic area community colleges. Operating state aid is appropriated on the basis of a statutory formula that uses the previous year's appropriation and growth in enrollment. The model is based on the following assumptions: (1) the state has an interest in the viability of its community colleges; (2) the distribution of state aid among the districts should be equitable and rational; (3) the amount of state aid a district receives should be a function of the amount of service rendered; (4) the urban districts enjoy an economy of scale that may justify a lower level of state aid per full-time student; and (5) differences in state aid should be discussed in the context of equalization aid. The report presents the available operating state aid for the 8 rural and 2 urban community college districts in Arizona for 1994-95, revealing that the rural community colleges received 26.0% of their general fund income from operating state aid, while urban community colleges received 18.4%. Using this difference, a model for state aid that allocates urban districts 80% of the operating state aid per full-time student equivalent that is allocated for urban districts is built. The results of the application of this model are presented in tabular form. (CAK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Arizona State Board of Directors for Community Colleges, Phoenix.