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ERIC Number: EJ967809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0893-0384
Activity-Based Budgeting in Higher Education
Szatmary, David P.
Continuing Higher Education Review, v75 p69-85 Fall 2011
As other universities across the country struggle with their financial challenges, continuing education units can serve the same pioneering role in the development of new financial and budget systems. Confronted by serious financial shortfalls during the last three decades, university administrators started to focus on new budget and revenue allocation models. They have at least five budgeting models at their disposal to project future trends and assist in decision making. These models include: (1) Incremental budgeting; (2) Proxy-based budgeting; (3) Traditional budgeting; (4) Activity-based budgeting; and (5) Expanded activity-based budgeting. The activity-based models are most effective when universities meet certain conditions. They are most useful for a large university with a number of different services and variations on those services. The activity-based budget model can support a centralized management model, a decentralized one, or a combination of the two. It simply offers information about financial performance within and between academic units for the people making decisions. (Contains 2 tables and 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington