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ERIC Number: ED550889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 157
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2679-8463-0
Examining the Potential of Information Technologies to Improve Cost Control in Community Colleges
Sudhakar, Samuel
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Northcentral University
The challenges facing publicly funded community colleges have never been greater. Declining state and federal support and decreasing property tax revenues have placed a tremendous pressure on tuition rates. Declining revenues combined with the lack of adequate cost control, has caused in-state tuition and fees at public 2-year colleges to increase an average of 3.8% per year beyond the rate of general inflation between 2001 and 2012. The problem that was addressed in the study is this lack of adequate cost control in CCs across the entire United States (US). A survey of college and university administrators indicated that 25% expressed dissatisfaction with their cost containment practices and a desire to increase cost savings. The purpose of study was to examine whether investments in information technology (IT) systems, implementation of enterprise resource planning software, and overall commitment to IT are associated with the level of cost control among publicly funded CCs. Using economic impact theory as the theoretical framework for the study, the primary hypothesis of this study is that the use of information technology software and tools in higher education processes can lead to significant efficiency improvements and cost control. Participants were 120 CC officials from publicly funded CCs across the United States. Pearson correlation coefficients and multiple regression analysis were used to measure the relationship between the three independent variables namely, IT Spending, level of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software implementation, and total commitment to IT and the dependent variable, cost control in CCs. Results of the study indicated that higher ERP implementation level was associated with increased perceptions of cost control (p = 0.003 & p = 0.021) and higher levels of commitment to IT was associated with perceptions of increased cost control (p = 0.041) but only as measured with the perception that the use of IT helped keep tuition and fees under control in CCs. [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: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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