Poliakoff, M. (2010) Cutting Costs: A Trustees Guide to Tough Economic Times Washington DC: American Council for Trustees and Alumni Institute for Effective Governance
Driven by tough economic times in the USA, this document outlines 20 ways to reduce costs, arguing that
‘two-thirds of today’s college graduates took out loans to complete school, accumulating an average debt of more than $23,000. It is surely not the time to balance your university’s budget with higher tuitions and student fees.’
Interestingly, one recommendation is to increase online distance education offerings:
‘Though they require infrastructure, staffing, and expertise to succeed, online programs have far more reach per dollar than a capital building project.’
Although I would agree with this claim, unfortunately no data are provided to substantiate it. There are a number of other interesting, useful if difficult recommendations in this report.