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ERIC Number: ED131735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
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Meeting the Demand for Accountability. NACUBO Professional File v8 n2.
On the minds of all who serve higher education in administrative capacities is the acceleration in demands to be accountable to the federal government--that is, to give assurances that resources are being used prudently and effectively. This occurs primarily in two areas: in the increase in federal financial involvement in higher education, and in the increasing demands on higher education to respond to social changes. In the first case, institutions have generally cooperated well with the federal government. In the second case, costs of implementing federally mandated programs have increased at a high rate, disproportionate to other costs and revenues; institutions are now so dependent on federal funds that they may feel they do not have the option of rejecting new programs. It is necessary for institutions to strike a balance between (1) the desirability of autonomy and (2) the reality of accountability to constituencies (state and federal governments, accrediting associations) as well as within the institution. Some authorities argue that simplified, annotated financial statements may be helpful, especially by bringing fiscal awareness to all sectors of the academic community. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Accountability, Colleges, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Finance, Federal Aid, Finance Reform, Financial Support, Government Role, Higher Education, Postsecondary Education, Productivity, State Aid, Universities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Authoring Institution: National Association of College and University Business Officers, Washington, DC.