ERIC Number: ED406919
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
A Foundation To Uphold: A Study of Facilities Conditions at U.S. Colleges and Universities.
Kaiser, Harvey H.; Davis, Jerry S.
This report presents the results of a study of the condition of higher education facilities in the United States and offers recommendations to improve the deteriorating state of such facilities. The 1995 survey examined statistical, financial, and operational data gathered through mailed questionnaires returned by 400 institutions. The results indicated that there is an estimated $26 billion in total costs to eliminate accumulated deferred maintenance, of which $5.7 billion are urgent needs. While many campuses have made progress in reducing deferred maintenance, there was an overall increase nationally since the survey's baseline year of 1988. It was found that institutions typically had very little or very much accumulated deferred maintenance, and that public institutions usually had more deferred maintenance than private institutions. The report concludes that this large amount of deferred maintenance represents a threat to the ability of institutions of higher education to fulfill their missions, and that statewide agencies and individual institutions will have to make difficult choices for resource allocation. Three appendixes provide the survey research report, copies of the survey instruments, and a list of survey respondents. (MDM)
Descriptors: Building Operation, College Administration, Decision Making, Deferred Maintenance, Educational Facilities, Educational Policy, Financial Needs, Financial Problems, Government Role, Higher Education, National Surveys, Resource Allocation, School Maintenance, State Government, Trend Analysis
APPA: Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers, 1643 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2818 ($50 plus $8 shipping & handling).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of College and University Business Officers, Washington, DC.; Student Loan Marketing Association, Washington, DC.; APPA: Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers, Alexandria, VA.