Cost Containment for Higher Education: Strategies for Public Policy and Institutional Administration

Cost Containment for Higher Education: Strategies for Public Policy and Institutional Administration

by William B. Simpson


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.Simpson identifies strategies for cost containment or cost reduction in higher education and discusses these strategies in light of their effect on the quality of the learning experience, the future of the academic profession, and the implications for society. This differs from most of the current literature on cost, which tends only to describe it, explain factors underlying its increase, and how it may be financed.

Particular concern is given to options that could be followed over the long term without impairing the quality of educational opportunities, the academic profession, or society in general. The emphasis is thus on the objectives to be served, rather than the resolution of financial difficulties on the revenue side or on crisis management. Some of the strategies discussed are applicable at particular levels of government; some relate to interinstitutional arrangements; and some are options for individual institutions. This book is recommended for university trustees and administrators, educational administration courses, and government policymakers and concerned faculty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275940669
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/1991
Series: Critical Studies in Education and
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile: 1560L (what's this?)

About the Author

WILLIAM BRAND SIMPSON is Emeritus Professor of Economics at California State University, Los Angeles. He has served as Executive Director of the Cowles Commission for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago, as Managing Editor and Co-Editor of Econometrica, and as State President and member of the National Council of the American Association of University Professors.

Table of Contents


Strategies of a Philosophical/Political Nature

Strategies of a Financial Nature

Educational Need as an Upper Bound

Strategies that Compare Costs and Benefits

Strategies Requiring General Acceptance

Improving Cost-effectiveness on the Quality Side

Containing Total Cost through Tuition Policy

Cost Containment through Interinstitutional Arrangements

Containment of Capital Outlays

Containment of Campus Operating Costs

Cost Containment through Faculty Personnel Policy

Governance and Administration as Factors in Cost Containment

Strategic Use of External Evaluation

The Elusive Academy



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