Results of a self-study conducted by Western Michigan University on the effects of government regulations on higher education are presented. The self-study, conducted with the aid of questionnaires, followup visits, or telephone calls, addressed the following main concerns: (1) academic programs; (2) maintenance, buildings, physical plant, and other related areas; (3) personnel policies; (4) student services; and (5) research activities. The university has started centralizing procedures and policies for complying with equal employment legislation and has appointed an affirmative action officer. The Buckley Amendment made it necessary for the records office to retain a lawyer. In general, records office personnel feel that the legal constraints interfere with normal services. Records office personnel also expressed frustration over the fact that many federal reports have been computerized by the university at great initial expense of money, time, and effort. Complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act's safety regulations has also been costly. The administration, staffing, and operation of the office of financial aids and scholarships is entirely dictated by federal regulations and procedures. An outline is presented of costs to the university to comply with federal requirements for the following areas: facilities, personnel policies and action, students, and academic programs. Financial aid reports and forms/responses of the self-study are appended. (SW)
For related Sloan Commission documents, see ED 161 306, ED 176 679, ED 179 174, ED 180 273, HE 012 421-427, HE 012 429-432, HE 012 434-439, HE 012 442-445, HE 012 448-449, HE 012 465-474, HE 012 476-480, HE 012 482-490. Not available in paper copy due to marginal legibility
Sloan Commission Studies; Western Michigan University
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Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo.
Sloan Commission on Government and Higher Education, Cambridge, MA.