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The Economic Outlook and What It Means for Colleges and Universities [microform] / Richard E. Anderson and William F. Massy
Bib ID 5527933
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Anderson, Richard E
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1989 
12 p. 

This issue of Capital Ideas reproduces, in an abridged form, the first chapter of a new book titled, "Financial Planning Under Economic Uncertainty", in the series, "New Directions for Higher Education." The chapter reviews the macroeconomic environment at the start of the 1990s, with particular focus on the problems facing policymakers. Sections examine: the economic environment in brief; the most likely scenario (generally favorable conditions with moderate growth and inflation) and its effects on higher education; alternative scenarios (both recession and inflation) and possible triggers of each. Implications for colleges and universities of these scenarios are discussed and strategies are recommended under the following categories: (1) current operations; (2) capital for facilities and equipment; (3) investments; and (4) public image. Overall, since the macroeconomic environment is likely to be extremely volatile for the coming decade, colleges and universities are encouraged to conserve capital for use on facilities and equipment and to provide investment return for future operating subsidies. They are discouraged from dissipating capital through current operating deficits however strong immediate program claims might be. They are also discouraged from investments which do not take into account the possibility of a sharp recession or sustained inflation. Nine references. (DB)


Availability: Capital Ideas, Teachers College, Columbia University, Box 38, 525 West 120th St., New York, NY 10027 ($1.00).

ERIC Note: A project of the National Center for Postsecondary Governance and Finance.




Capital Ideas, v4 n3 Oct 1989.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects College Planning.  |  Economic Factors.  |  Educational Finance.  |  Educational Policy.  |  Financial Policy.  |  Higher Education.  |  Investment.  |  Long Range Planning.  |  Trend Analysis.  |  Economic Trends
Form/genre Collected Works, Serials.
Other authors/contributors Massy, William F., author  |  Forum for College Financing
Available From ERIC 


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