ERIC Number: ED463710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May
Financing State Colleges and Universities: What Is Happening to the "Public" in Public Higher Education? Perspectives.
Reindl, Travis; Brower, Dana
In public higher education, as in elementary and secondary education, the educational infrastructure is weakening, and a shift away from public financing is occurring. This paper examines how the financing of public four-year institutions has changed from the later 19080s to the present, with emphasis on public comprehensive institutions. These changes are analyzed and their potential ramifications for different stakeholders are discussed. The discussion moves to the future of public higher education finance and assesses proposals to change the current prevailing finance structure significantly. The rapidly growing presence of market forces throughout the higher education sector threatens to compromise core principles such as academic freedom and scholarly standards of excellence, as the trends identified in this paper confirm. If managed with respect for the balance between public good and private initiative, these trends can represent an opportunity for positive change. For this to occur, the relations between policymakers and higher education must improve to sustain a discussion of modifying the financing structure. The next question is whether all major stakeholders are prepared for major policy changes. (Contains 8 figures and 72 endnotes.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.