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Leadership for Academic Units: A Performance Improvement Model for Department Chairs, Deans, and Academic Vice Presidents (and those who aspire to be) by William Swart

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Allocating Equipment Budgets

The equipment budget for an academic unit is more vulnerable than operating and personnel budgets. During times of financial duress, it is easier to give up equipment that has not yet been purchased than to give up part of the operating budget or faculty slots that have not yet been filled. (The latter are the next easiest to give up). During normal times, there is never assurance that the legislature will understand and act upon the requests by universities for equipment. (“After all, aren’t universities for teaching?”) Thus, the equipment budget is a hit or miss event, even in states where the legislature, during a good fiscal year, has created some type of equipment trust fund (ETF).

When much-anticipated funds ...

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