ERIC Number: ED248735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Budget Reform to Improve Higher Education Quality.
A national project designed to examine issues of budget reform and quality improvement in higher education is described. The focus is state-level budget practices and their impact on institutions. Most of the funding for quality improvement has been categorical: a small percent of the budget is set aside to achieve particular quality or improvement objectives. Some examples are: special additions to the budget to support engineering, computer science, or other fields that are important to state economic development; budget additions to support "Centers of Excellence" or "Programs of Distinction;" incentive funding to achieve specified goals; and raising funds from private sources by matching funds. Budget allocation to satisfy various interest groups often leads to incremental funding and preserving the status quo. These conservative tendencies are enhanced by inflation and fiscal shortages. It is suggested that the budget can emphasize quality by: linking budget decisions to an academic evaluation process; practicing strategic planning; giving institutions more flexibility and more incentives for effective resource use; and implementing categorical programs, which can focus attention on the importance of quality objectives and their achievement. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).