ERIC Number: ED331416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Guide to Cost Management for Higher Education.
Cresap, Washington, DC.
This guide to cost management for institutions of higher education presents a methodology based on reducing "support services costs" (services that maintain rather than directly contribute to teaching, research or community service) thereby achieving the fiscal goal while maintaining the institution's mission. Chapter I describes the scope of and reasons for escalating costs at universities, explains current practices designed to contain costs, the limitations of these practices, and offers an alternative approach based on analytical techniques developed in the private sector. Chapter 2 summarizes the alternative concept of cost management offered in the previous section. Chapter 3 describes the process by which a university can assess the cost of its support services, with the goals of identifying opportunities to improve service delivery and reduce costs. Also included are case studies of projects undertaken for institutions of higher education. The tools and techniques for systematic and detailed analysis of cost management are described in detail along with an explanation of purpose and method of application in the final section. Appendix A lists those individuals consulted for the guide; Appendix B contains detailed summaries of five case studies. Numerous tables appear throughout. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Budget, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Cresap, Washington, DC.