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Understanding Cost Patterns in Post-Secondary Institutions

Title: Understanding Cost Patterns in Post-Secondary Institutions: An Analysis of Administration Costs during the Great Recession.
Name(s): Jana, Asitava, author
Schwartz, Robert A., professor directing dissertation
Rice, Diana Claries, 1949-, university representative
Hu, Shouping, committee member
Tandberg, David A., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Education, degree granting college
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (151 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In the last few decades, the growth of administration costs on higher education campuses surpassed the growth of instructional costs. The escalating costs of higher education, which are now outpacing general price levels, have raised concern for policy-makers who are challenged to increase access and make higher education affordable but are constrained by budgets. The recent recession, with wide-spread effect on economy, provided the opportunity to examine cost patterns on higher education during the recession. This research explored different revenue, costs, staff composition, and state-level factors that might be associated with administration costs, and compared these to the association of the same independent variables on instructional costs for three types of public four year institutions. This research examined the changes in costs during the last recession. Panel data of a cohort of public institutions with non-missing values over a 23 year period of 1988 to 2010 were analyzed within fixed effect regression models. Revenue factors were shown to have positive relationships with administration costs, and other factors had mixed associations. While descriptive trend analysis showed a decrease in administration costs in the short-run, regression analysis incorporating 23 years of data did not show such decline from a long-term perspective.
Identifier: FSU_2015fall_Jana_fsu_0071E_12889 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester 2015.
Date of Defense: September 8, 2015.
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Robert Schwartz, Professor Directing Dissertation; Diana Rice, University Representative; Shouping Hu, Committee Member; David Tandberg, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Education and state
Education, Higher
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Jana, A. (2015). Understanding Cost Patterns in Post-Secondary Institutions: An Analysis of Administration Costs during the Great Recession. Retrieved from