ERIC Number: ED263870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Conditions Affecting College and University Financial Strength. Higher Education Panel Report Number 63.
Andersen, Charles J.
Conditions affecting the financial status of colleges and universities during 1980-1984 were investigated, with a focus on self-help in the form of management practices and strategies. Questionnaires were completed by approximately 370 institutions belonging to the Higher Education Panel. The data were weighted to represent the national population of colleges and universities, excluding research universities. The findings indicate that: during the 4 years, one-third of the nation's colleges and universities experienced significant increases in full-time enrollment, while one-fifth had significant declines; significant increases in net tuition were reported by nearly three out of five institutions; only one-quarter, mostly private institutions, reported significant increases in endowment earnings; revenue shortfalls were experienced by nearly half the sample; 80 percent of the public institutions with revenue shortfalls listed reduced external funding as a reason, while 70 percent of the private institutions listed enrollment drops as a reason; long-range planning, program review, and cash management were used by about three-quarters of the nation's institutions; and use of a central contingency fund was used by half of the sample. Detailed statistical tables, the questionnaire, and technical notes are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: College Administration, Endowment Funds, Enrollment Trends, Financial Policy, Financial Problems, Financial Support, Higher Education, Long Range Planning, Money Management, Private Colleges, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, School Funds, School Surveys, State Colleges, Tuition
American Council on Education, Higher Education Panel, One Dupont Circle, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Higher Education Panel.