ERIC Number: ED226629
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Hidden Costs of the Campus Security Force.
Temple, Charles M.
Business Officer, p20-22 Dec 1981
Information on the security operations of public four-year colleges and universities is examined, and the case of the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (UTC), which saved $66,000 a year from the security unit's operational budget, is noted. Of 561 questionnaires sent to public institutions regarding the general operation of security units, including budget and personnel data, 300 responses were received. The majority of respondents (95 percent) did not contract with an outside agency for full-time campus security. To provide a clearer indication of typical security operations among campuses that have similar characteristics, further analysis was based on enrollment figures. The total enrollment was divided by the number of full-time officers in each institution. The findings indicate that some institutions have much larger security forces than others in the same enrollment range. Further comparisons were undertaken based on factors such as school location, campus size, and the size of department budget. No clear budget patterns appeared, regardless of the factors analyzed. A management study of its security force conducted by UTC resulted in streamlining security operations without sacrifice to the efficiency or service output. Recommendations for other institutions include the following: define the philosophy of the department and the campus boundaries; conduct a time study of all security activities; examine the hierarchical arrangement of campus police staffing to determine if positions such as lieutenant or detective are necessary; and assess the benefits of foot patrol as a deterrent to crime on campus. (SW)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Campuses, Case Studies, Costs, Crime, Financial Problems, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Needs Assessment, Resource Allocation, Retrenchment, School Security, Security Personnel, State Colleges
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of College and University Business Officers, Washington, DC.