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ERIC Number: ED534515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 135
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1249-4976-5
Community College Finance: A Cost Analysis of Community College Expenditures Related to Maintenance and Operations
Collins, Michael T.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
The purpose of this study is to develop a costing model for maintenance and operations expenditures among 16 single-campus California community college districts and assess the impact of a variety of variables including size of student enrollment, physical plant age, acreage, gross square footage, and general obligation facility bonds on district maintenance and operations expenditures. Through a quantitative analysis of maintenance and operations expenditures, the data provided in this study were used to develop a model and benchmark which allows community college administrators to consider the maintenance and operations expenditures at their respective institutions in a clear and consistent manner, and compare their costs to other similar districts. District expenditure data as well as facilities data for the fiscal years 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2008-09 were collected. District expenditure data were collected from the California Community College Chancellor Office's Fiscal Data Abstract for the study years, while facility data were collected from the Foundation for California Community Colleges with express written consent from each sample district. Results of the study indicated that enrollment size matters most in maintenance and operations expenditures, much more so than the effect of campus acreage and mean building age. The sample's average cost of maintenance and operations per FTES was calculated to be $426.22/FTES. There is a strong relationship between campus gross square footage and maintenance and operations expenditures. The cost of maintenance and operations per GSF for the sample was calculated at $9.90. The sample districts committed an average of 7.6% of general fund expenditures to maintenance and operations. Finally, general obligation bond funding had a minimal effect on the level of maintenance and operations expenditures in this specific sample. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC.Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California