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ERIC Number: EJ915592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3108
Is Higher Education Spending More on Administration and, if so, Why?
Hogan, John
Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, v15 n1 p7-13 Jan 2011
The UK higher education sector is facing a significant reduction in the level of public funding over the next few years. In August 2010 the Cabinet Secretary informed groups of vice-chancellors that they should prepare for cuts of 35% over the four years 2011-2015, the period covered by the next Comprehensive Spending Review. It is inevitable that, faced with this level of diminution, careful attention will need to be paid to the level of expenditure on administrative services. In this review the author looks at expenditure on the processes and activities that underpin the institutional mission and organisation, and not at the total of non-academic expenditure, only part of which should be classified as administrative. It is important to give a health warning about higher education statistics. Institutions can vary in their interpretation of the requirements, and the definitions can alter over time. The way particular services and activities are undertaken will vary and this will affect the way in which the costs are reported. It can be very misleading to take returns made by individual institutions and attempt to construct comparative cost league tables. Nevertheless, when taken as an aggregate these data should give a clear indication of the direction of expenditure. Leslie and Rhoades (1995) list a range of possible reasons why USA's expenditure on administration was growing at a faster rate than expenditure on academic activity. In this article, the author discusses the parallel trend in the UK. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom