ERIC Number: ED452234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
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The Administrative Lattice and the New Research I Universities.
Morphew, Christopher C.; Baker, Bruce D.
This study examined the administrative expenditures of a group of universities, the Research I Universities (RU1) (the designation of the Carnegie classification scheme before 2000), the most comprehensive and research-intensive universities in the United States. The study explored the expenditure patterns of universities new to the RU1 classification as of 1994, determining whether they spent more on institutional support in 1996 than they did in 1988, and whether the spending patterns of the new RU1s of 1994 became more similar to those of continuing RU1s from 1994. The analysis considers the presence of an administrative lattice that grows as faculty move away from teaching, advising, and shared governance to a focus on specialized areas of research. Data for the study are from the Integrated Postsecondary Education System finance files. Findings suggest that the expenditure patterns of the new RU1s closely resembled those of the continuing RU1s. Differences in expenditure patterns were usually the result of public/private distinctions or a function of revenue differences. However, using panel data from 1988, 1992, and 1996, new RU1s increased their institutional support shares relative to the increases at continuing RU1s, a finding consistent with predictions. There is evidence that the new public RU1s exhibited a strong relationship between revenues and institutional support in 1988 because they were in a process of acceleration toward RU1 status. Two appendixes contain graphs of the institutional support of the RU1s. (Contains 4 tables, 2 figures, and 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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