The Financial Prospects for Higher Education in the 1980s

Leslie, Larry L.
January 1980
Journal of Higher Education;Jan/Feb1980, Vol. 51 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
The article presents financial prospects for the U.S. Higher Education in the 1980s. While analyzing the future of higher education, there is always a tendency to accept ready-made conclusions. There has been much discussions on expected future enrollment declines, and many believe that financial resources will decline in a roughly proportional manner. These prognostications, no one can declare with certainty as true or false. However, there exists conceptual and empirical evidence capable of elevating the discussion beyond conventional wisdom or reliance upon a single predictor variable, such as anticipated enrollment levels. The article tries to present an assessment of these concepts and evidence, and in the process, compose an informed though admittedly qualitative appraisal of the financial prospects for higher education in the 1980s. For the public sector, government is a major source of income. There are many factors which influence a government, and politics, amongst those factors, plays a crucial role. In the U.S., a careful analysis will lead one to the same conclusion.


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