Phillip H Hoffman
After attention to the basic tools of economic analysis, focus is on application of those tools to specific topics in higher education (e.g., access, budgeting, finance and policies, and funding alternatives).
This course will explore the broad themes of higher education finances. Readings and discussions will include the topics of federal, state, and local funding; tuition policies and student aid, public and private research funding, goal setting processes, benefactor, student and institutional expectations for financial accountability and productivity, and the measures associated with such institutional responsibilities.
The goal of the course is to familiarize participants with the broad range of financial, resource allocation, and accountability issues facing higher education administrators. Focus will be on principles and policies, since these are common to all types of institutions, from community colleges to universities, public or private. Emphasis is placed upon policy analysis and decision making.
Student learning goals
Recognition of the role of the values and perspectives of the resource allocation decision maker in the creation of a higher education offering and the implications of the interaction of resource allocation decision makers having diverse values and perspectives is the central learning objective.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Weekly reflective essays on required and suggested readings.
Final paper and its presentation, class participation and weekly essays.