Policy leadership perceptions of selected finance criteria related to the Texas system of public community/junior colleges

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1981

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This research study concerned itself with identifying problem areas of the Texas public community/junior college finance system that warrant additional policy study. The purpose of the study was to investigate Texas policy leadership perceptions of what is (real) and what should be (ideal) in relation to community/junior college finance criteria accepted across the United States- (1) access, (2) accountability, (3) comprehensiveness, (4) equity, and (5) local control. The study examined the real, ideal, and difference (real minus ideal) scores to determine if there was a statistically significant difference in the perceptions of the four groups identified as the major policy developers of the Texas public community/junior college finance system: (1) the key state legislators, (2) the members of the Texas government staffs, (3) the chairmen of the boards of regents of the Texas public community/junior colleges, and (4) the presidents of the Texas public community/junior colleges. As a secondary purpose, the study examined the real, ideal, and difference scores of the board chairmen and the presidents in relation to local wealth per full-time student equivalent (FTE), effective tax effort, and enrollment of community/junior college districts.

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Community colleges--Texas--Finance

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