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ERIC Number: ED208709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Analyzing the Cost Efficiency of Academic Departments and Instructional Personnel at State Universities.
Norris, Robert G.
A cost-effectiveness model is presented for academic administrators to use in making evaluation and planning decisions related directly to the instructional activities of academic departments. The advantages seen in the model are that it is simple and flexible, concentrates on balancing income generated by the department to expenses incurred, and encourages careful fiscal management. It uses information currently being produced but not reported, and takes into account user feedback. Only instructional revenue and operating costs are considered. Model components include: (1) an instructional personnel profit or loss statement, which takes into account teaching activities (measured in student full-time-equivalents and representing direct revenues) and salaries (direct costs) of each faculty member; and (2) the departmental instructional profit or loss statement comparing totals in four categories of instructional revenues (faculty and support position salaries, operating funds, program improvement funds, and equipment funds) to the corresponding four categories of actual expenditures. By carefully analyzing these components the department may choose to increase revenues, decrease expenses, or do both. The administrator may also use the information to enhance his or her understanding of the department mission, its relationship with other departments, and any other pertinent information to increase the knowledge base for decision-making. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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