Administrators and university leaders set large-scale institutional strategy, but the ultimate success of any central agenda—from instructional choices to programming and budgeting decisions—depends on the actions of chairs and faculty. Administrators seeking to control instructional costs, for example, cannot succeed without the partnership of faculty who understand the larger institutional need behind tough solutions like consolidated sections and larger class sizes.
However, most faculty members enter their positions with little experience in budgeting for large-scale organizations. And due to the lack of transparency common in university budgeting, misunderstandings can arise around cost-cutting opportunities with hidden long-term consequences.
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