ERIC Number: ED202284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Implications for the States Regarding the Relationship of the State Coordinating Agency with the Executive and Legislative Division of State Government in Meeting Budget Needs for Higher Education Systems.
Cook, M. Olin
The relationship of the state coordinating agency with the governor, the general assembly, and higher education institutions is addressed in relation to meeting budget needs for colleges and universities. Specific reference is also made to the state of Arkansas. It is suggested that the state coordinating agency should be in the position to be objective about the needs of the institutions of higher education as they relate to specific needs of the state. The agency and the board then must play the role of interpreting these to members of the general assembly and to the governor. The following principles are suggested when a state creates a coordinating agency in order to allow this agency to perform its functions adequately: (1) the staff of the coordinating agency should have a general background in higher education and should be capable of making objective decisions; (2) the staff of the agency as well as the supervisory board should have the ability to communicate educational needs and information to the governor and general assembly in terms that they can understand, and they should be able to assist in translating these needs in terms of the various other state agencies; (3) the coordinating agency should be free to look at the needs of the state without political interference from any of the various agencies of the state; (4) the budgets of higher education should be expressed in a manner that is acceptable to the governor and general assembly; (5) the budgeting process for institutions of higher education should be somewhat consistent with the budgeting for other agencies of the state government but should allow for unique differences; and (6) when budgeting for higher education is considered, competition with a particular region of the country should be avoided and allocating a continuing percentage of general revenues for education is not adivsable. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.
Note: Paper presented at a Seminar for State Leaders in Postsecondary Education (Oklahoma City, OK, December 1976).