ERIC Number: ED344562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-3
Reference Count: N/A
State University of New York: Staff Study Comparing SUNY Finances with Similar State Universities.
New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.
A study was done of State University of New York (SUNY) revenue sources and operating costs for fiscal year 1988-89 in comparison to "peer" public university systems in 17 other states. In particular the study focused on SUNY cost effectiveness, tuition and fee schedules, the proportion of costs offset by tuition and fees and the proportion of costs offset by state tax revenues. The study excluded all operating costs at SUNY and the peer systems which were self-sustaining as well as all expenditures made with Federal and private research funds. Conclusions were that SUNY could be more cost-effective as the system: (1) spent more per student than other states, (2) had comparatively high institutional support costs, (3) paid its faculty more than peer systems, (4) had significantly lower tuition and fee charges, and consequently, (5) the proportion of costs offset by tuition and fees was much smaller than at peer systems. In addition the study found that 88 percent of the educational and general costs of the SUNY schools were offset by state tax revenue while only 63 percent of these costs at comparable institutions in peer state were offset by state tax revenue. Many figures and tables illustrate the report. An appendix contains comments of SUNY officials who disagreed with the study's methodologies and conclusions. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.