ERIC Number: ED445717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Studies on the Correlation between Campus Computing and the Rise in Tuition in Community Colleges.
Geller, Harold A.
Investigates the possible link between the rise (beyond inflation) in tuition and the increased use of computers within the public two-year institutions (a.k.a. community colleges). Examined in detail one aspect of the data available related to the effect of the costs of computing in community colleges. Utilizes data for tuition (adjusted for inflation) and computers on the campuses of community colleges. The result from this work found the null hypothesis to be false, thus leading to the conclusion that there is a correlation between tuition costs and campus computers. Notes three changes in the slope of the tuition curve between 1980-81 and 1983-84 (when the number of computers in use in the U.S. increased an order of magnitude, from one to ten million units), between 1987 and 1990 (when Microsoft introduced the Windows environment and the federal government passed the American Disabilities Act), and between 1992 and 1995 (when the Internet came out of the research community and Windows '95 was introduced). Describes the difficulties caused by the data used in this study, especially missing data elements. Addresses future data analysis and concerns to be considered and what the future will hold for the computerization of community colleges and their fees. Contains 24 references. (VWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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