ERIC Number: ED210988
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
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Academic Audit: Development of a Planning, Budgeting, and Evaluation Model for Academic Programs.
Cochran, Thomas R.; Felder, Nathaniel L.
The development of a planning, budgeting, and evaluation model, referred to as an "academic audit" model, at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, is described. The model is essentially a model for planning resource reallocation in conjunction with redefining and reestablishing institutional goals and mission statements. Priorities for budgeting are set as a consequence or outcome of the auditing process. The model is cyclical in that an obvious outcome of the entire process would be a demonstrated need to perpetuate the model. The first phase of the model involves compiling extensive data on student enrollment patterns, grading tendencies of faculty, and other trends and merging that information with budget data such as faculty salaries and expenditures for equipment and supplies. The academic audits of each academic program would serve as the primary information source used by a joint faculty-administrative advisory committee in the second phase of the program, academic planning. Using the university's goals and objectives as a guide, recommmendations could be made by the advisory committee as to the status of present programs, the need for any reallocation of funds, and the availability of monies for any new programs. Once their recommendations are considered and acted on, the third phase would be one of program evaluation and review. This stage essentially would entail annual updating of the initial academic audit, a review of the program's progress in achieving stated objectives, and recommending any changes in funding. A bibliography and audit program timetable adopted from the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems are appended. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Budgeting, College Planning, College Programs, College Role, Curriculum Development, Data Collection, Departments, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Enrollment Trends, Expenditures, Grading, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Models, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Resource Allocation, Teacher Salaries
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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