Administrative Costs Undercut U.S. Averages

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The percentage of the educational and general budget spent on administrative costs at the University of Oklahoma is significantly lower than the national, regional and peer averages for comprehensive, four-year and two-year institutions, according to figures released by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The State Regents define administrative costs as executive management, including the institution's governing board, officers and related staff, and all activities concerned with the management and long-range planning of the institution; fiscal management; general administration and logistical services, such as activities related to personnel and space management; administrative computing support; and public relations and development.

On the Norman campus, the amount of administrative cost per full-time equivalent student has dropped more than 4 percent since 1982 when adjusted for inflation, while the amount spent on instruction has increased by more than 10 percent.

At peer institutions nationwide, administrative expenditures average from 10 to 12 percent of the education and general budget with some institutions spending more than 20 percent. …


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