Contemporary Financial Issues in Student Affairs: New Directions for Student Services #103 / Edition 1

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Distinguished professor John H. Schuh edits this critical look at the financial situation in higher education today. Contributors discuss seven specific issues concerning the financing of student affairs on contemporary college campuses and explore effective strategies student affairs professionals need to ensure that programs and services that serve students and other important stakeholders survive and thrive. Topics addressed include the differences in financing student affairs in public and in private institutions, as well as challenges in financing student unions and activities, health and counseling services, student housing and campus recreation.

Examining contemporary problems in selected areas of student affairs finance, this volume is one of several in this series on managing resources in student affairs. Others addressing related topics include Issue 89, The Role Student Aid Plays in Enrollment Management; Issue 92, Leadership and Management Issues for a New Century; Issue 96, Developing External Partnerships for Cost-Effective, Enhanced Services; and Issue 101, Planning and Achieving Successful Student Affairs Facilities Projects.

As state governmental support for public institutions continues to erode, student affairs units operating in the current financial environment have to be nimble and creative to sustain their viability. Drawing from his own twenty-seven year career as a student affairs practitioner and the contributions and research of leading student affairs professionals in the field, John Schuh provides an outstanding resource for student affairs professionals facing the serious financial challenges of today and tomorrow.

This is the 103rd issue of the quarterly journal New Directions for Student Services.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787971731
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/19/2003
  • Series: J-B SS Single Issue Student Services Series , #37
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

EDITOR’S NOTES (John H. Schuh).

1. The Financial Environment of Student Affairs (John H. Schuh)
This chapter examines factors that influence higher education finance, trends in revenue and expenditures of institutions of higher education, and current strategies used to meet financial challenges.

2. Comparing Financial Issues in Public and Private Institutions (Joan M. Claar, Hazel J. Scott)
The authors compare and contrast financial issues in public and private colleges and universities. A case study illustrates the financial environments in which these types of institutions operate.

3. Contemporary Financial Issues in Student Unions and Campus Activities (Tim Schroer, Christana J. Johnson)
While varying a great deal in size and scope, student unions and activity programs share several financial constraints and challenges.

4. Financing Health and Counseling Services (Richard P. Keeling, Dennis Heitzmann)
This chapter discusses the fundamentals of financing health and counseling centers and also identifies contemporary issues related to financing these two services.

5. Contemporary Issues in Student Housing Finance (Mary Ann Ryan)
This chapter presents contemporary financial issues in student housing programs framed through the topical areas of occupancy management, facilities, new construction, residential life programs, technology, and residential dining.

6. Financial Issues in Campus Recreation (Howard Taylor, William F. Canning, Paul Brailsford, Frank Rokosz)
Campus recreation centers, originally quasi-academic facilities, have evolved since the early 1980s: first into campus amenities and then into auxiliary business enterprises. Financial issues affecting campus recreation have changed accordingly and are discussed in this chapter.

7. Selected Accountability and Assessment Issues (John H. Schuh)
This chapter provides an overview of strategies that can be used to demonstrate accountability in financial issues in student affairs.


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