ERIC Number: ED184624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Apr-10
Reference Count: N/A
Zero-Based Budgeting: Application to Chicano Studies at a Community College.
Luna, Pete R.
Enrollment trends and zero-based budgeting techniques are employed to justify continued support of Rio Hondo College's Mexican American Cultural Institute. After introductory material discussing the usefulness of zero-based budgeting in assuring fiscal accountability, the report identifies three Chicano Studies alternatives: an Associate of Arts (AA) degree program organized under a formal Mexican American Studies Department; an interdisciplinary AA program under the direction of a full-time coordinator; and an umbrella program in which bilingual programs, early childhood education, and exploratory programs would be consolidated into one department. A rationale for Chicano Studies is then presented, followed by a discussion of enrollment trends at the college, demonstrating: (1) the relative strength of enrollment growth at the Cultural Institute compared with other college programs, (2) the resultant decrease in cost per average daily attendance (ADA) at the Institute, and (3) the ADA figures generated throughout the college by the existing interdisciplinary courses related to Mexican American/Bilingual Studies. The report concludes with the results of a zero-based budget analysis which show that the establishment of a formal Mexican American Studies Department is the most cost effective of the three Chicano Studies Program alternatives. Decision packages for each alternative are appended. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rio Hondo Coll., Whittier, CA.