ERIC Number: ED424803
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Publication Date: 1998-May
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The Impact of State Budget Cuts on Public Higher Education 1990-96: The Cuts Are Clear; The Consequences Are Cloudy. AIR 1998 Annual Forum Paper.
Serban, Andreea M.; Burke, Joseph C.
This study examined the effects of budget reductions in the 1990s on public higher education systems in six major states. Finance officers at the campus, system, and state level in California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin were surveyed regarding budget reductions, approaches to reduction allocation, the impact of budget reductions, and the degree of institutional restructuring brought about by the budget reductions. It was found that college and university systems generally did not use their planning and budgeting authority to shape system and campus priorities in the face of budget reductions; instead, they relied mostly on short-term measures such as enrollment reductions, tuition and fee increases, vacancies and salary freezes, and early retirements. The results suggest that campuses, especially comprehensive institutions, took a more proactive approach, engaging in short- and long-term planning and reallocating resources selectively. More than a third eliminated degree programs. However, campuses did not depart significantly from the systems' preference for short-term, cost-saving measures such as hiring and salary freezes. In regard to the quality of and access to education, the results suggest a reduction in student access, followed by a decline in undergraduate education quality. (MDM)
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