ERIC Number: ED378903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
You Can Get There from Here: The Road to Downsizing in Higher Education.
Butterfield, Barbara S.; Wolfe, Susan
This book approaches college and university budget reduction mandates as an opportunity to reexamine and recast outdated, inefficient processes and to increase administrative effectiveness and efficiency in supporting the academic missions of teaching and research. The book uses a road-map metaphor to tell the downsizing story and to advance the notion that downsizing can be approached like a journey. The chapters are titled: (1) "Planning the Plan: Drawing the Map"; (2) "The Budget: Reading the Roadmap"; (3) "Effective Communication: A Two-Way Street"; (4) "Contracting Out: Deciding Whether to Lease or Own"; (5) "Managing Benefits Costs: Maneuvering a Tight Turn"; (6) "Managing Risk: Assessing Insurance Options"; (7) "Reduction Alternatives: A Multiforked Road"; (8) "Programs and Policies: Yielding Right of Way to Laid-off Staff"; (9) "Early Retirement: Respecting Where You've Come From"; (10) "Retaining the Institution's Multicultural Character: Many Routes to the Right Place"; (11) "Flexible Work: How To Turn Detours into Shortcuts"; (12) "Commitment through Work Redesign: Rebuilding the Roads and Bridges"; (13) "Downsizing Human Resources: Mapping Your Own Course"; (14) "Monitoring and Reporting: Checking the Landmarks Against the Map"; and (15) "Old Contract/New Contract: Changes on the Road to Reduction." Appendixes contain a sample early retirement agreement and a salary and benefit cost reduction management guide. (JB)
Descriptors: Budgets, College Administration, College Planning, Colleges, Dismissal (Personnel), Diversity (Institutional), Early Retirement, Employment Practices, Financial Exigency, Flexible Working Hours, Fringe Benefits, Higher Education, Job Layoff, Organizational Communication, Outplacement Services (Employment), Personnel Policy, Planning, Program Termination, Reduction in Force, Retrenchment
College and University Personnel Association, 1233 20th St., N.W., Suite 301, Washington, DC 20036-1250 ($15 members; $20 nonmembers).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: College and Univ. Personnel Association, Washington, DC.