Evaluating University Budget Transparency

Topics: Administration and Finance, Budgeting

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Summary

Private universities enjoy greater flexibility to limit publicly available budget information and withhold certain information from university constituents. This report examines budget sharing practices at five Association of American Universities (AAU) member institutions with a focus on policies that regulate constituent access to budget information.

Research Questions

  • How do institutions disseminate annual budget information?
  • What level of budget detail do institutions provide to campus constituent groups?
  • What policies or practices inform institution budget disclosure?