Administrative Expenditures in Texas Public Universities, 1996.Report as inadecuate

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This document presents text and graphs to provide an overview of administrative expenditures in institutions of higher education in Texas. Administrative expenditure indicators at Texas public senior universities are compared with each other, with national averages, and with averages of the 10 states nearest Texas in population. In constant dollars, most indicators suggest the administrative expenditures are unchanged or slightly lower between fiscal years 1980 and 1995. Three indicators related to space used for administration show increases. Based on nine indicators of administrative expenditures in Texas universities from 1980 to 1995 and comparisons of fiscal year 1996 administrative salaries, it is concluded that: (1) average expenditures for administration are low when compared to national averages and averages in the 10 other most populous states; (2) Texas administrative expenditures decreased by 10 percent between fiscal year 1980 and 1994 against national data adjusted for inflation; (3) salaries for key administrative officers tend to be lower in Texas than national medians; and (4) there are large variations in administrative expenditures as a percent of total instructional expenditures within Texas. Figures and tables show national data and Texas statewide and institutional comparisons. Appendices provide definitions of key terms and technical notes. (Contains 13 references.) (JLS)

Descriptors: Administrators, Budgeting, College Administration, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Expenditures, Financial Audits, Graphs, Higher Education, Public Colleges, Resource Allocation, Salaries, State Agencies, State Colleges, State Universities, Statewide Planning, Trend Analysis

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Author: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.


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