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ERIC Number: ED533018
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Using the Community College to Control College Costs: How Much Cheaper Is It? Revised
Romano, Richard M.; Djajalaksana, Yenni M.
Cornell Higher Education Research Institute
Data from NCES [National Center for Education Statistics] indicate that it is two to three times more expensive to educate a student at a public four-year college than at a community college. These figures exaggerate the difference between the two when you calculate the costs of the first two years of education for students working on a bachelor's degree. Using modified IPEDS [Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System] data from the recently released Delta Project, this study shows that the cost per FTE [full-time equivalent student] and the public subsidy per FTE are lower at public master's level colleges than at the community college. Trend data from 1987-2005 are examined along with appropriate cautions for interpreting the results. Data Definitions and Calculations are appended. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.) [For a related journal article, see EJ928234.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cornell Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI)