ERIC Number: ED496465
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
The Temptations and Realities of Outsourcing
Wertz, Richard D.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Trusteeship v13 n5 Sep-Oct 2005
As colleges and universities attempt to produce additional revenue and enhance their services, more are entering into contracts with private companies. Some agreements involve lengthy commitments, and this means that outsourcing contracts require thorough review by boards of trustees, which are being called upon to act with greater diligence to monitor quality and handle the possible public perception that "big business" has taken over the campus. This article reviews reasons for outsourcing, presents caveats for institutions considering entering into outsourcing contracts, and lays out some important steps in launching the outsourcing process.
Descriptors: Governing Boards, Trustees, Privatization, Contracts, Educational Finance, Cost Effectiveness, Economic Factors, Economic Impact, Quality Control, School Business Relationship, Strategic Planning, Board Administrator Relationship
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.