The fiscal roller coaster of the 1970s and 1980s prompted many institutions of higher education to tighten their budgets by reducing, consolidating, and merging programs, which reduced human resources and operating costs. The "fiscal woes" lamented by the higher education community has not led to any broad-based support but rather has heightened the public debate over the efficiency and effectiveness of higher education. For higher education to reclaim the public's trust, it must undergo a fundamental restructuring—a shift from an institutional acquisition entrepreneurial model to a student-centered learning model. As more institutions begin to shift their focus to student learning, the question for student affairs practitioners becomes: How will student services change during restructuring? This volume of New Directions for Student Services focuses on budgeting as a policy tool for restructuring. Each chapter is written from the perspective of the changing conditions in higher education, that is, moving beyond cost containment through reductions and combinations toward accountability and effectiveness through restructuring. This is the 70th issue of the quarterly journal New Directions for Student Services. For more information on the series, please see the Journals and Periodicals page.
About the Author
DUDLEY B. WOODARD is professor of higher education at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He was vice president of student affairs at SUNY-Binghamton and the University of Arizona and president of NASPA 1989-1990.