ERIC Number: ED360908
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
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Analyzing Administrative Costs and Structures. AIR 1993 Annual Forum Paper.
Stanley, Elizabeth C.; Adams, Jean W.
A study of administrative growth and expenditures at Iowa State University (ISU) included comparisons with a group of 10 comparable universities for variables of administrative efficiency including administrative structures, administrative costs, administrative salaries, and administrative intensity. The comparison group of institutions was made up of land grant universities, all major research institutions considered reasonably comparable to ISU in enrollment mix, programs, and faculty. In administrative structures the study found considerable variation among institutions in numbers and titles of upper-level administrative positions. Comparison of administrative costs and salaries found that those at ISU are similar to or below those of peer universities and that ISU's administrative costs, as a share of general funds or of general and sponsored funds, have been relatively constant, even when adjusted for inflation. The study also found substantial variation among the universities in the percentage of expenditures that may be attributable to administration, and strong evidence of economies of scale. Findings from the study of administrative intensity also provided information about the distribution of administrative salaries among central administrative units, college or mid-level administrative units, and academic department or other operating units. (Contains 10 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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