By Ronald G. Ehrenberg

ISBN-10: 0674003284

ISBN-13: 9780674003286

ISBN-10: 0674009886

ISBN-13: 9780674009882

America's elite schools and universities are the easiest on this planet. also they are the costliest, with school emerging swifter than the speed of inflation during the last thirty years and no indication that this development will bog down. Ronald G. Ehrenberg explores the factors of this institution inflation, drawing on his decades as a instructor and researcher of the economics of upper schooling and as a senior administrator at Cornell collage. utilizing incidents and examples from his personal event, he discusses a variety of issues, together with endowment regulations, admissions and fiscal reduction rules, the investment of analysis, tenure and the tip of vital retirement, info expertise, libraries and distance studying, pupil housing, and intercollegiate athletics. He exhibits that elite schools and universities, having a number of, really self sufficient constituencies, be afflicted by useless valuable regulate in their expenditures. And in a desirable research in their reaction to the rankings released by means of magazines akin to U.S. information & international record, he exhibits how they have interaction in a dysfunctional festival for college kids. within the brief run, those faculties and universities have no use to fret approximately emerging institution, because the variety of certified scholars making use of for front is emerging even quicker. yet in the end, it's not in any respect transparent that the raises will be sustained.

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He or she is often referred to as “first among equals” when the relationship of the provost to the senior administrators in charge of the nonacademic parts of the university is described. The latter include the vice presidents or the vice chancellors in charge of finance, facilities, student services, development, government relations, and the like. On some campuses, many of these senior administrators report to the provost, and at these institutions the provost plays a role equivalent to that of the president of a corporation.

The priorities of donors are thus very important in determining which units benefit during fund-raising campaigns. The university often tries to “shape” donors’ priorities by limiting the access of units to major donors and “reserving” them for institutional priorities. How effective an institution can be in denying different units access to donors is an open question.

3. 1), is the school that also received the most dollars per alumnus that year, $1,075. Other schools receiving over $800 per alumnus were Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and Dartmouth. The average dollars received per alumnus is the average amount that each alumnus who makes a contribution to a school donates multiplied by the percentage of alumni who make contributions in a year. In 1996–97, this percentage varied across the institutions from 19 to 50 percent. It is interesting to compare annual fund raising per student with the spending that each institution received from its endowment in the year.

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