ERIC Number: ED162592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
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Budgeting of Postsecondary Education in the Eighties. Financing Higher Education. Number 28 in a Series.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Postsecondary education budgeting by Southern states, the status of formula funding in the region, and changes in determining annual funding needs are examined in this report. Trends emerging in many states include: an overall stabilization of enrollments with wide year-to-year fluctuations possible, both contraction and expansion within state systems, rising costs, and increasing government oversight. While postsecondary systems in the Southern Regional Education Board states have generally established long-range plans, a key issue as the 1980's approach is how to tie budgets to these plans. A central issue to be resolved is whether states will emphasize more quantitative means (formulas) or less quantitative means for fitting budgets to plans. Related concerns of the states are: accommodation to differences between fixed and variable costs; inclusion of an increased sensitivity to differences among the roles of the institutions in a state system; and the ability to respond efficiently and effectively to more detailed budget reviews by state government, while maintaining budgetary flexibility. (SW)
Descriptors: Budgeting, College Planning, Educational Finance, Enrollment Trends, Financial Policy, Higher Education, Institutional Role, Regional Planning, State Government, Statewide Planning, Trend Analysis
Southern Regional Education Board, 130 Sixth Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30313
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.