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ERIC Number: ED502231
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Feeling the Heat: The Impact of Rising Energy Costs on Colleges & Universities in the Midwest
Rasmussen, Chris; Johnson, Gina
Midwestern Higher Education Compact
This report is the result of a survey conducted in late 2005 of higher education institution chief financial officers throughout the U.S. Midwest region concerning their plans to manage what was expected to be a substantial increase in the price of energy in advance of the 2005-06 heating season. Although the winter turned out to be one of the warmest on record, and the price of natural gas did not spike as dramatically as many had predicted, energy prices are expected to remain volatile, and such costs continue to be reflected in budget requests and tuition proposals for the 2006-07 academic year. The objective of the survey was to collect and distribute data on institutional planning and management that could be of use to college and university leaders and administrators responsible for finance, business affairs, purchasing, and physical plant operations, to be used as a benchmark experiences across colleges and universities in the region. This report is also intended to inform conversations and collaborations as energy cost containment and conservation become common agenda items in higher education into the foreseeable future. A list of sources for further information is included. (Contains 10 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Midwestern Higher Education Compact