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Business Practices in Higher Education

A Guide for Today's Administrators, 1st Edition

By Mark A. Kretovics


248 pages

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Business Practices in Higher Education is a breakthrough guide offering higher education and student affairs professionals an understanding of the fundamental business nature of colleges and universities. The author discusses the practical applications of business concepts and models and how these applications can contribute to the overall efficiency and effectiveness of higher education institutions. Useful examples from a wide range of institutions—including small privates, large publics, and community colleges—illustrate these concepts. This professional guide is organized into the following four sections:

  • Environment and Structure
  • Finance and Funding
  • People and Processes
  • Perspectives on the Future

Business practices pervade the academic, student affairs, and administrative sides of higher education. This book affords readers a greater understanding of the true nature of higher education and an appreciation for how the academy effectively incorporates business practices into everyday work lives.

Table of Contents

Part I. Environment and Structure

1. Today’s Environment

2. Organizational and Administrative Structures of Higher Education in the US

Part II. Finance and Funding

3. Basic Economic Principles and Higher Education

4. Finance in Higher Education

5. Budget Basics

Part III. People and Processes

6. Management Principles

7. Managing Human Resources in Higher Education: The Recruitment, Selection, and Retention of Competent Staff

8. Marketing Basics

9. Politics and Power: Defense Against the Dark Arts

Part IV. Perspectives on the Future

10. Where do we go from here? What is next?

About the Author

Mark A. Kretovics is Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel at Kent State University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Administration / General