Ϫ Student affairs leaders are consistently faced with the age old problem of “doing more with less”, but as we discussed in our Organization and Administration course, this is impossible. The real issue is learning to “do more with different”. Higher education leaders must be able to recognize the ways that they can cut budgets without significantly reducing services that students need and want. Cut budgets may come from increased collaboration and resource sharing between departments, utilizing technology in order to reduce costs, and using student assessment to determine what services or parts of services can be cut with little lost in quality of education. College administrators cannot let economic downturns or booms drastically change budgets but instead must rely on their core missions, values and goals to dictate how and where money can be spent.
I should have more to add to this issue once I have taken my Budget and Finance course during the Spring 2009 term.