D.B.A. Baker College (Michigan), 2019.
Subject categories: Higher education administration; Finance; Management
Responsibility centered management on a regional campus
180 pages. UMI #: 22617149
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The use of budgeting models in higher education has faced increased scrutiny. There is a problem with the responsibility centered management (RCM) budget model that may adversely affect the learning environment at regional campuses due to decisions made regarding how the budget is allocated. The purpose of this research was to explore faculty and administrative perceptions about the effects the decisions made using the RCM budget model have on the learning environment and gather suggestions for improving the budget process at Ohio University Chillicothe. A qualitative exploratory case study was used to gather data through an online questionnaire. The target population was the full-time tenured faculty and administrators at Ohio University Chillicothe. The sample size was 12 tenured faculty and administrators. The research questions focused on how decisions using the RCM model have affected employees and the current budget process and the effect of job insecurity on the learning environment. The results indicated that campus unity and employee engagement are two components that were not influenced by the decisions made using the RCM budget model, although the budget cuts to supplies and services, the number of courses offered, and a decrease in staffing positions did elicit feedback from faculty and staff. Faculty and administrators reported a level of no involvement in the budget process and it appears this might be an area for change under the RCM budget model.