ERIC Number: ED432194
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Managing Campus Budgets in Trying Times: Did Practices Follow Principles?
Burke, Joseph C.
This study examined how closely 11 accepted principles for managing budgets were followed at 98 public college campuses during the first half of the 1990s, a period of budget problems. The colleges reviewed were in six states: California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin. The study found that (1) planning was not inclusive, since faculty and students were underrepresented; (2) few institutions had both long- and short-term budget plans; (3) most campuses relied primarily on selective cuts, although a strong minority allocated cuts across the board; (4) criteria for cuts reflected ease and availability rather than quality or priority; (5) expenditure reductions exceeded revenue increases on most campuses, but tuition and fee increases restricted access in several states; (6) although most institutions favored short-term personnel strategies, a strong minority included layoffs and retrenchments; (7) most campuses acted to raise productivity and performance in administration and management but avoided academic areas; (8) most campuses did not eliminate academic programs to improve quality and efficiency; (9) most campuses limited restructuring of offices and activities to administrative functions; (10) few campuses refocused their missions based on institutional strengths and student demands; and (11) most campuses did protect quality and access in undergraduate education, but a large minority conceded that both had declined. Detailed tables are appended. (DB)
Descriptors: Budgeting, College Administration, Decision Making, Educational Finance, Efficiency, Financial Exigency, Higher Education, Productivity, Public Colleges, Retrenchment, State Universities, Theory Practice Relationship
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Nelson A. Rockefeller Inst. of Government.
Identifiers - Location: California; Massachusetts; New York; Texas; Wisconsin