State Colleges, Universities Hold Line on Costs

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STILLWATER (AP) _ Higher Education Chancellor Hans Brisch says Oklahoma colleges and universities are holding the line on administrative costs when compared to their counterparts in other states, but still must do better.

"We must tighten up and pare down until we are absolutely certain that we are operating at the highest possible levels of efficiency and are making the very best use of every dollar we receive," Brisch said Friday at a meeting of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

A study by the regents of national, regional and peer schools showed Oklahoma colleges and universities spent an average of only 8 percent of their educational and general operating budgets on administrative costs. Others spent 10 percent to 12 percent.

The Oklahoma schools spent 65.5 percent of their budgets on instruction, research and public service, three areas considered a primary responsibility. The national, regional and peer schools spent 56.3 percent.

Administrative costs include institutional management; long-range planning; fiscal, personnel and space management; purchasing; communications; transportation; public relations, and computer services. …