ERIC Number: ED306830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Review of the Organization, Funding Process and Selected Administrative Systems of the Arizona Universities and the Arizona Board of Regents.
Coopers & Lybrand, New York, NY.; Arizona Board of Regents, Phoenix.
One of the working papers in the final report of the Arizona Board of Regents' Task Force on Excellence, Efficiency and Competitiveness, this document presents information on a review of the management efficiency of the state's three universities and the board office and of the funding and allocation system for the state universities. The most important messages to come out of this survey are that Arizona's public university system is grounded on the enviable competitive strengths of institutional autonomy, popular support, a single well-empowered governing board, and increasing national recognition. Arizona's ability to exploit these strengths is being hindered by these factors: lack of an articulated statewide strategy for higher education; a cumbersome system level decision making process; inadequate performance accountability; a funding process without a strategic anchor; and inadequate information to support policy analysis, decision making, and planning. Summary recommendations are as follows: undertake improvements in board level organization and decision making processes; develop an effective strategic plan for Arizona's system of higher education; reevaluate and modify the state funding process after the development of a strategic plan; improve state-level information management capabilities and accountability reporting; and undertake a number of specific suggested projects to reduce costs, increase value, reduce risk, and promote strategic goals. An implementation schedule is presented. (SM)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Competition, Decision Making, Educational Finance, Educational Quality, Efficiency, Evaluation, Excellence in Education, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Public Colleges, Resource Allocation, State Boards of Education, State Universities, Statewide Planning
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Coopers & Lybrand, New York, NY.; Arizona Board of Regents, Phoenix.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona