ERIC Number: ED202287
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Undergirding Program Decisions with Information and Unit Costs: An Approach to Differential Funding for Statewide Systems of Postsecondary Educational Institutions.
Huff, Robert A.
A differential funding method for statewide higher education planning is examined, and a case study is presented. There are three basic dimensions or parameters by which higher education funding formulas may be differentiated: course level, discipline cluster, and institutional type. It is suggested that the only effective way to logically address the needs of instructional activities is to consider all three dimensions simultaneously. It is proposed that an acceptable statewide higher education financial planning tool must satisfy three important criteria: simplicity, compatibility with current funding approaches as well as with future trends, and limitations on institutional data contributions. The kind of software system that may prove helpful is comprised of three programs or modules. The preparation module accepts all inputs including both institutional descriptors and planning policy parameters. The calculation module employs the submitted differential funding policies or formulas in conjunction with the credit hour demands produced in the preparation module to compute resource requirements. In addition, with the report module, the outputs of the calculation module are aggregated, sorted, and arrayed in preparation of a series of reports. The use of a prototype statewide planning and budgeting system at Mansfield State College and Shippensburg State College in Pennsylvania is described. It is claimed that computers provide the only means of accurately repeating thousands of calculations necessary for the development of alternative sets of institutional budgets within a short period of time. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.