Theses and Dissertations: A Guide to Planning, Research, and Writing

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Appendix: Outline of a Dissertation Proposal
Title: The Effects of Financial Stress in Higher EducationAuthor: Robin Ganzert, University of North Carolina at Greensboro*
1. Introduction

The financial function of an institution of higher education serves as a vital factor in the institution's long-term viability and success. The issue of financial stress in higher education is important for administrators to address, preferably in a proactive stance prior to crisis rather than as a reaction to a specific financial crisis. The importance and timeliness of this subject is apparent in reading almost any issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

2. Statement of the Problem

The problem that will be addressed in this study is the determination of the patterns and processes used to address financial crisis in institutions of higher education. The study will explore the sources of financial stress, and the responses to financial stress during times of financial crisis.

3. Definition of key terms
3.1 Financial stress is defined as an influence which disrupts or distresses the financial function in institution's operations.
3.2 Environmental scanning is defined as the identification of environmental factors and the importance of those factors to the institution.
4. Research Questions
4.1 What are the major sources of current financial stress in institutions of higher education today?
4.2 What are the responses of the institutions to financial stress?
4.3 How are the core functions (academic, marketing and admissions) affected by the financial stress?
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The authors gratefully acknowledge Robin Ganzert's permission to publish her outline.

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