ERIC Number: ED176659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Student Outcomes in Resource Allocation Decisions.
Elfner, Eliot S.
Resource allocation processes suitable for use in not-for-profit institutions are discussed and a conceptual model for resource allocation in institutions of higher education is presented. The objectives of higher education include the personal development and education of students, not merely the certification of students by conferring degrees. In order to evaluate the extent to which these qualitative objectives have been obtained, some indicators other than simple measures of quantitative outputs are required. Such indicators are needed as input to the administrative process for use in planning effectively and efficiently and in allocating resources to the various alternatives intended to achieve the defined objectives. A review of the literature concerned with the planning and resource allocation process in non-profit environments is presented. A conceptual mode is developed which demonstrates a means by which administrators may incorporate data and information about student outcomes in the planning and resource allocation process. The model uses student inputs, institutional environmental characteristics, and student outcomes in a process designed to develop and implement programs and activities designed to accomplish defined goals and objectives. These variables are evaluated in a feedback link against desired levels defined in the initial steps of the process. A scheme for developing and collecting the kinds of information needed for the analytical evaluation of program impact on students and for integrating that information into the planning and resource allocation process is provided. The theoretical bases for the model are discussed. (SC)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Administration, College Role, Conceptual Schemes, Conference Reports, Educational Assessment, Educational Research, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Models, Outcomes of Education, Program Administration, Program Evaluation, Resource Allocation, Student Development, Student Improvement
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of the Society for College and University Planning (13th, Hollywood, Florida, August 1978)