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.


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