ERIC Number: ED457889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan-19
Analysis of Funding Issues Related to Distance Learning in the North Carolina Community College System.
The enrollment in North Carolina Community College System's (NCCCS) distant-learning courses in 1999-2000 totaled 44,349, an increase of 11,000 compared with 1998-99. During its 2000 legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a special provision requiring the NCCCS to conduct a study of funding methods and delivery of distance learning and education programs. The following components are included in the analysis: (1) tuition fee rates, registration fees, and other related charges for in-state and out-of-state students enrolling in distance course offerings; (2) a survey of current distance-course offerings, delivery systems, and sources of funding; and (3) a plan for efficient and effective expansion of course offerings and delivery systems. A study group comprised of representatives from several community colleges, the system office, the general assembly, and the governor's office were formed to study these issues and make policy recommendations. Nine recommendations were made, including: (1) out-of-state students who are enrolled in Internet-based courses should be charged a tuition rate that is approximately the full cost of instruction; (2) the State Board of Community Colleges should explore alternative funding methods to support distance learning, including technology fees; and (3) a series of separate funding formulas for distance learning should not be developed at this time. Appended are the survey of state- and system-level policies for funding of distance learning, and a summary of survey key findings. (GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Community Coll. System, Raleigh.