International Survey of Research University Leadership: Capital Spending Priorities (ISBN No:978-1-57440-461-6 )

The study presents the results of a survey of research university upper management about what they think priorities should be for their university’s capital spending.  Are they spending enough? Too much?  Should they be spending more or less on the academic library, scientific infrastructure, dormitories, sports facilities, and information technology.

The 56-page study presents the findings from a survey of 314 deans, department chairmen, provosts, registrars, trustees, chancellors, vice presidents, administrative department directors and other upper level administration and management from more than 50 research universities in the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Australia.  Data is broken out by title and by department or work role, such as for fundraising and marketing, technology transfer, student services, educational administration and other categories.  Data is also broken out by country, for public and private universities and by other variables such as level of compensation and gender of the survey participants, among others. 

Some of the report’s many findings are that:

 ·         Leadership closest to the educational process, those in educational administration or departmental chairman, were more likely than others involved in other areas of university management (fundraising, research, technology transfer, physical plant) to support increased capital spending on the academic library. 

·         The greatest hostility to the current direction in capital spending was from those sampled who worked in university business and finance positions, of whom more than 35% disliked the current direction of capital spending.

·         Canadians were by far the most likely to say that their university was not spending enough on capital expenditures and 25.49% of Canadians sampled felt this way vs. only 11.11% of those from the USA.



Higher Education Management

Report coverage in this topic area includes: marketing, enrollment and public relations; advancement and fundraising; international and domestic student services; retention and assessment; technology management, facilities managment, and much more.

Law Firm and Law Library Management

Reports in this area can be roughly grouped into 4 types: surveys of law libraries, surveys of attorneys in major law firms, surveys of management personnel in major law firms, and surveys of law school faculty and administrators.


Subject areas covered include: content management, materials purchasing, facilities management, digitization, purchasing and negotiations, open access and digital repositories, personnel management and training, budgeting, fundraising and much more.

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