ERIC Number: ED351723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Prospective Impact of Responsibility Center Budgeting on Communication and Theatre Programs: View from a State Supported University.
Dick, Robert C.
In response to the nationwide trend toward increased financial pressures and growing demands by state legislatures for accountability, several large universities (including Indiana University) have adopted various forms of "responsibility center budgeting" (RCB), which has fiscal implications for programs in speech communication and related disciplines. In responsibility center budgeting, part or all of tuition and sponsored research revenues are returned to a unit in direct proportion to what is earned. The large service role assumed by speech communication programs cannot be taken for granted, especially if the units being serviced will have a fiscal incentive in the future to offer their own courses. When costs of equipment are passed along to faculty consumers, a new budgetary perspective is gained. If a strictly dollar-and-cents mentality were to drive RCB, and credit hours were the sole measure of productivity, then many classes in speech communication (and other courses requiring small class sizes), would be in trouble. RCB could put co-curricular or intercollegiate programs in jeopardy, particularly if a center director were placed in a desperate financial situation. The matter of off-campus offerings can be resolved by assigning full academic credit to the department. Overall, despite the potential pitfalls of RCB, the implementation of the system during the early developmental years at Indiana University Indianapolis has suggested that it has the potential to serve as a prototype for helping state-supported institutions successfully meet the fiscal challenge of the 1990s and beyond. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Indiana University; Responsibility Center Budgeting
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (78th, Chicago, IL, October 29-November 1, 1992).