ERIC Number: ED310538
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jul
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The RCM as a Decision Making Process.
Chambers, Jay G.; And Others
In most educational literature, the subject of costs has been isolated from curriculum, personnel, and program effectiveness. A dichotomy has existed between fiscal and curricular decision-making. The Resource Cost Model (RCM) was designed to help policymakers measure to what extent differences in the costs of educational services are attributable to price variations in comparable resources, students' programmatic needs, and the scale of school and district operations. The model has proved helpful at the national, state, and local levels. Although RCM was originally conceived as a purely technical model, it has great potential for bringing educators, resource management staff, and educational policymakers together to consider the most effective allocation of available resources. This report summarizes discoveries about cost models for education over the last 5 years, focusing on processes and procedures. Specifically, the report discusses applications of the RCM at all administrative levels and compares and contrasts the nature of these applications. Also explored are differences in goals, implementation processes, and linkages between applications at different levels. The report also describes how the RCM fits into the broader context of strategic planning and introduces a prototype RCM database that may be used to expedite implementation processes. The RCM process succeeds by forcing competing and complementary program needs and interests to be considered in relation to one another. The document includes 64 references and 8 tables. A sample strategic planning program plan is appended. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
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