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Title:The University Budget & its Consequences
Author(s):Werner, Brad; Laan, John Vander; Wong, Kai Yeen
Abstract:This project investigates the consequences of the recent cuts in federal budget allocations for education. On the basis of interviews, surveys, and the review of documents, the authors find that most students believe that the university overspends on athletic programs, the Engineering Department, and new buildings, while they believe that the university under-spends in the upkeep of campus buildings, faculty, and student organizations. A majority of those surveyed believe that budget cuts do affect the quality of education at the university, for example through deteriorating quality of faculty (specifically classes being taught by TA’s), higher student to teacher ratios, student services, crowded classes, fewer opportunities, tech support for classrooms, and cutting programs as examples of decreasing quality. Despite these complaints, students appear to be undecided as to whether or not the university is handling the budget crisis well. The project evaluates the effects of the budget cuts on admissions of in-state, out-of-state, and international students, student services, building maintenance, and faculty.
Issue Date:2006-05-15
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-09-02

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