ERIC Number: ED245619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
How Can States Budget for Quality? ASHE 1984 Annual Meeting Paper.
Budgeting by the states to improve quality in higher education is discussed. Among the quality issues, the following are important in a number of states: a need for stronger programs in engineering, computer science, and technology fields; a need for better preparation of public school teachers; and concern with lowered admissions standards and too much remedial work. It is claimed that if budget reform is to be successful in the future, it has to proceed from some organizational theory that fits colleges and universities, and from a concept of the governance relationship between states and institutions. Four models of state-institutional relationship are presented that vary along a continuum from control to autonomy (i.e., state agency, state-controlled institution, state-aided institution, and corporate or free-market). Concepts of university action are discussed, including the following: universities do goal directed planning, and they are influenced by market and other external forces. Dimensions such as centralized/decentralized budget decisions and accountability are also addressed to help understand the likelihood of successful budget reform. Finally, six characteristics of state budget systems that will encourage change and improvement are identified. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Chicago, IL, March 12-14, 1984).