Comparing Administrative and Support Costs across University Systems

Summary

This report investigates the metrics administrators at university systems use to determine institutional administrative and support costs across member institutions.

Key observations from our research

1. Profiled institutions encourage administrators at each campus to use expenditure categories from national sources (e.g., NACUBO, IPEDs) to calculate administrative and support costs.

2. Use national, public resources and state reports to compare administrative and support costs and other expenditures across university systems.

3. Use data from state reports and SHEF to create annual presentations to the board of regents regarding the status of university system expenditures.

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