ERIC Number: ED187247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Fiscal Issues in Higher Education: Implications for the Southeast.
Rigolot, Carol, Ed.
Presidents of southern colleges, universities, and life insurance companies met to develop strategies southern academic institutions might adopt to survive the 1980s. Inflation, faculty malaise, and the erosion of quality were the primary fiscal issues on the agenda, although declining enrollment figures also troubled many of the academic leaders present. It was suggested that southern academic administrators and faculty representatives should: examine such business strategies as seeking new markets and using personnel more effectively; help business leaders understand better what a college is; define the mission of academic institutions; outline steps for meeting future financial needs; explore collaborative ventures with other colleges and community organizations; encourage flexibility in faculty careers; select trustees wisely; and work within academia to establish criteria for survival. Business organizations can also help southern academic institutions by providing expertise, larger corporate grants, and a constructive alliance for public policy that will close the tuition gap between public and private schools and defend colleges from unreasonable taxation and unwarranted federal intrusion into education. The presidents concluded that the best chances for fiscal remedies in the South lie in joint ventures between business organizations and academic institutions. Their ultimate goal in these ventures is to ensure that citizens will have access to higher education in the public and private sectors. Additional material includes a program of the conference and a list of conference participants. (DC)
Descriptors: Business Responsibility, College Role, Cooperative Programs, Educational Finance, Equalization Aid, Financial Policy, Fiscal Capacity, Higher Education, Industry, Inflation (Economics), Insurance Companies, Marketing, Public Policy, Regional Cooperation, School Business Relationship
American Council of Life Insurance, 1850 K St., N.W. Washington, DC 20006.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council of Life Insurance, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Institutional Vitality; United States (Southeast)
Note: Report of a Regional Conference of Academic Leaders and Executive Officers of Life Insurance Companies (Greensboro, NC, October 11-12, 1979). For related document see HE 012 719. Conference hosted by Pilot Life Insurance Company.