ERIC Number: ED276334
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
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University Budgeting for Critical Mass and Competition.
Jones, L. R.
A critical mass strategy for university academic budgeting, resource planning, and management is described, and state government budgetary and program policy for universities is analyzed. The use of "rational systems management" in universities is discussed as a means of placing in perspective the critical mass resource decision model. Attention is directed toward whether the development of systems for use on the academic side of university management is necessary or appropriate and if so, under what conditions such systems would appear advantageous or disadvantageous in terms of both internal management and state government relations. The way public universities recognize and attempt to manage financial stress is also discussed, with consideration given to how universities might adapt to resource scarcity and environmental change. The critical mass approach enables institutions to define the criteria for program review and priority setting and to develop performance-oriented measures that translate into data for budgetary decision-making. Through the definition of institutional mission, critical mass program size, and core resources necessary to support critical mass programs, institutions become better able to compare academic unit performance in instruction and research. Subject and author indexes are included. (SW)
Descriptors: Budgeting, College Administration, College Planning, College Programs, Competition, Decision Making, Departments, Financial Policy, Financial Problems, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Models, Money Management, Public Policy, State Aid, State Government
Greenwood Press, 88 Post Road West, Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881 ($32.95).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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