ERIC Number: ED234667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-1
Improving Higher Education Through Budget Incentives. Issuegram 21.
The practice of providing financial incentives in higher education to reduce costs through improved managerial practices is discussed. It is suggested that for a state to adopt incentives in its budgetary practices affecting public higher education, several factors are required: the institutions, the legislature, gubernatorial staff, and the state higher education agency should agree on the nature and impact of the proposed budgetary provisions; and key individuals must initiate the change and serve as brokers between legislative or gubernatorial interests and the interests of higher education. Budgetary practices that are being implemented as a partial remedy for the financial plight of their public colleges include: retention of indirect cost recoveries, institutional control over tuition policies, and managerial flexibility. Colorado and Kentucky have made big changes in the authority and responsibility given to governing boards for business management of the institutions. Two studies examining state budgetary changes for improving higher education are being conducted by the Education Commission of the States and the National Association of College and University Business Officers. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.