ERIC Number: ED417635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
The Decaying American Campus: A Ticking Time Bomb. A Joint Report.
Rush, Sean C.; Johnson, Sandra L.
This study investigated the capital renewal and deferred maintenance needs of colleges and universities in the United States. An introductory chapter gives an overview of campus change and facilities planning since 1950, including the rapid and extensive growth of college and university facilities and the convergence of various factors that have placed stress on institutional operating budgets. This chapter also outlines the methodology of the study survey of almost 700 diverse institutions. The second chapter summarizes findings concerning facility conditions: Since 1950 college and university facility space has more than quintupled, and institutions would have to invest about $300 billion today to construct the same space; current capital renewal and replacement needs are estimated at $60 billion, with priority repairs and renovations requiring about $20.5 billion; in 1988 colleges and universities deferred four dollars of maintenance for every dollar spent, with classroom, laboratory, and library space cited most frequently as priorities; most institutions rely primarily on tax-exempt bonds and state funding to finance capital needs. The third chapter draws conclusions and implications, and the fourth presents profiles of needs, plans, and funding by institution type. Chapter 5 contains technical notes. A list of suggested readings is offered in chapter 6. A glossary of terms is included in chapter 7. (Contains 100 references.) (MSE)
Descriptors: Campus Planning, College Administration, College Buildings, Deferred Maintenance, Facility Expansion, Facility Improvement, Facility Planning, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Liberal Arts, Medical Schools, National Surveys, Research Universities, Two Year Colleges, Universities
APPA, Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers, 1446 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3492.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Physical Plant Administrators, Alexandria, VA. Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers.; National Association of College and University Business Officers, Washington, DC.; Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P., Chicago, IL.
Note: Foreword by Harvey H. Kaiser.