ERIC Number: ED466715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
MIS Finance and Budgeting Issues in Small Public and Private Institutions.
Studied on Information System resources in higher education have traditionally focused on the large research institutions, leaving much unsaid about other types of institutions. This study focused on smaller colleges and universities, institutions with fewer than 5,000 students. Some of the areas studied were finance and budgeting of technology resources. Of the 629 institutions surveyed, 350 provided usable responses. Responding information system administrators perceived that information technology departments have lost ground in the resource expenditure area when compared with expenditures for other institutional resources. This perception may be reality, since the mean information system budget was found to be only 3% of the total institutional budget. Respondent institutions charged computer lab fees less than 30% of the time, with public institutions more likely to charge lab fees than private institutions. Respondent institutions charged technology fees less than 20% of the time, and private institutions were less likely to have such fees. When schools charged technology fees, the distribution of the fee went to departments other than information systems. Some recommendations are made for improving the position of information technology on college campuses. An appendix contains the study tables. (Contains 9 tables and 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: EDUCAUSE 2000: Thinking IT Through. Proceedings and Post-Conference Materials (Nashville, TN, October 10-13, 2000); see IR 020 605.