ERIC Number: EJ1031349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Reference Count: 26
Can Community Colleges Continue to Do More with Less?
Jenkins, Davis; Belfield, Clive
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v46 n3 p6-13 2014
The authors of this article describe the effect that cost-cutting policies have had on community college student outcomes and how this has weakened the capacity of those colleges to produce returns to students and taxpayers. Many colleges are instituting reforms to help more students graduate with useful credentials. While these lower the cost per completion (and thus increase college efficiency), they increase expenditures per student. The emphasis of policy and practice moving forward should be on improving efficiency: the cost per completion of a high quality credential. The quality of that credential can be monitored in part by tracking graduates' employment, income and further education. Such monitoring, however, should not be used to rank colleges, which operate under differing local circumstances.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Budgeting, Costs, Tuition, Public Policy, Public Colleges, Educational Quality, Expenditures, Online Courses, Fees, Educational Improvement, Income, Outcomes of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Postsecondary Education
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