ERIC Number: ED440687
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Funding Arizona Community Colleges. A Discussion Paper.
Puyear, Donald E.
The purpose of this paper is to provide a foundation for the planned discussion of how the funding of Arizona community colleges might be improved to enable the colleges to better serve the needs of their communities and address the priorities of the State. This paper considers three of the most common funding sources: (1) state appropriations; (2) local tax levy; and (3) student tuition and fees. This paper discusses three factors that must be considered in developing a rational and effective model for funding of community colleges, which are state benefit, accountability, and equity. The first two are being reviewed by a task force, and will be presented in an upcoming report. In reviewing the current status of equity, this paper examines the present system of equalization, out of county reimbursement, variations in the level of state aid provided the various community college districts, variations in taxing and spending ability, and the level and variance in student tuition. This paper also offers recommendations for changing the process of how Arizona funds its community colleges. The report suggests that the following matters should be included in the consideration of a new funding paradigm: (1) base funding; (2) equalization funding; (3) performance funding; (4) funding for addressing state priorities; and (5) other funding considerations. Appendices are included. (VWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Board of Directors for Community Colleges, Phoenix.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona