ERIC Number: ED184430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Government Regulations on Higher Education.
Bernhard, John T.; Hannah, Robert W.
Results of a self-study conducted by Western Michigan University on the effects of government regulations on higher education are presented. The self-study, conducted with the aid of questionnaires, followup visits, or telephone calls, addressed the following main concerns: (1) academic programs; (2) maintenance, buildings, physical plant, and other related areas; (3) personnel policies; (4) student services; and (5) research activities. The university has started centralizing procedures and policies for complying with equal employment legislation and has appointed an affirmative action officer. The Buckley Amendment made it necessary for the records office to retain a lawyer. In general, records office personnel feel that the legal constraints interfere with normal services. Records office personnel also expressed frustration over the fact that many federal reports have been computerized by the university at great initial expense of money, time, and effort. Complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act's safety regulations has also been costly. The administration, staffing, and operation of the office of financial aids and scholarships is entirely dictated by federal regulations and procedures. An outline is presented of costs to the university to comply with federal requirements for the following areas: facilities, personnel policies and action, students, and academic programs. Financial aid reports and forms/responses of the self-study are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Records, Affirmative Action, Case Studies, College Programs, Compliance (Legal), Educational Finance, Employment Practices, Facilities, Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Personnel Policy, Recordkeeping, Records (Forms), Research Projects, Safety, Self Evaluation (Groups), Student Financial Aid, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Sloan Commission on Government and Higher Education, Cambridge, MA.
Authoring Institution: Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo.
Identifiers: Sloan Commission Studies; Western Michigan University
Note: For related Sloan Commission documents, see ED 161