FG 351 (National Commission on the Financing of Postsecondary Education) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)


These Presidential historical materials are in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration under the provisions of Title I of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 (44 U.S.C. 2111 note), and implementing regulations. In accordance with the act and regulations, archivists reviewed the file group to identify private or personal as well as non-historical items. Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.

Materials covered by this act have been archivally processed and are described in this finding aid. Items that are security classified or otherwise restricted under the act and regulations have been removed and placed in a closed file. A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item. Employees of the National Archives will review periodically the unclassified portions of closed materials for the purpose of opening those which no longer require restrictions. Classified documents may be reviewed for declassification under authority of Executive Order 13526 in response to Mandatory Review Request (NA Form 14020) submitted by the researcher.

  • Linear measurement of materials:   3.5 in.
  • Number of pages:   1,224
Organizational Note

The National Commission on the Financing of Postsecondary Education was established under the authority of the Education Amendments of 1972, P. L. 92-318, Section 140. It is a Presidential advisory committee, which functions within the Office of Education, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Commission was terminated upon submission of its final report.

The Commission was establish to study the impact of past, present and anticipated private, local state and federal support of postsecondary education. Included in the study were a summary of the purposes, scope, and dimensions of postsecondary education; an analysis of the kind and amount of financial support for postsecondary education from all sources; a program analysis of existing funding program; a projective analysis estimating the extent to which each of several alternative funding programs would achieve the objectives of postsecondary education; recommendations for national uniform procedures for calculating instructional costs per student and an assessment of the nature and causes of serious financial distress facing postsecondary institution and recommendations for improvement.

The Commission was composed of 17 members; 2 of whom were members of the United States Senate; 2 of whom were Members of the United States House of Representatives. The remainder of the members were chosen from the field of education, finance and public affairs, with one of the member being a student enrolled in a institution of postsecondary education.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, memorandums, executive orders and press releases. Primary correspondents include the President and White House staff, Tod R. Hullin, David Young, Kenneth R. Cole, John D. Ehrlichman, David N. Parker, Fred V. Malek, Richard C. Tufaro, Alexander M. Haig, Brent Scowcroft. Anne Armstrong, Henry Kissinger, Jonathan Rose, W. Richard Howard, Charles Colson, Gerald Warren, Herbert Klein, James Cavanaugh and John D. Eisenhower.

The terms "Executive" [Ex] and "General" [Gen] are used before the code FG 351 to identify the source of the materials within a specific file. The files designated [Ex] are communications between national, foreign, state and local governments and their agencies, members of Congress and other prominent people. Files designated [Gen] are communications between government officials and private citizens, institutions and other private interests.

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