ERIC Number: ED195222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Preparing for a Decade of Enrollment Decline: The Experience of the University of Wisconsin System.
Smith, Donald K.
Planning by the University of Wisconsin system for rational management of projected enrollment and fiscal decline is considered. It is suggested that a change in a college or university's mission may be an instrument for enabling a particular institution to meet unusual problems of declining resources. The elimination and consolidation of courses can protect against the inefficiencies of the generalized decline in the size of classes. Changes in program arrays, including the elimination or consolidation of marginal programs, are another tactic. The idea of enrollment targets was instituted whereby all institutions were told that they would not receive funding for enrollments beyond a level they defined in terms of maintaining quality instruction. The development of the Composite Support Index to aid in fiscal targeting and enrollment reallocating procedures is noted. Special procedures that would be undertaken for institutions facing serious difficulties are outlined, as is the nature of two presidential task force studies of the University of Wisconsin-Superior and the two-year, liberal arts transfer centers. (SW)
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Curriculum, College Planning, College Role, College Students, Declining Enrollment, Educational Finance, Enrollment Projections, Financial Problems, Higher Education, Multicampus Colleges, Program Budgeting, Program Termination, Resource Allocation, Retrenchment, State Colleges, Statewide Planning
Southern Regional Education Board, 130 Sixth Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers: University of Wisconsin System
Note: Paper presented at the Legislative Work Conference of the Southern Regional Education Board (1980).