Mission and Money

Mission and Money

Understanding the University

By Burton Allen Weisbrod; Jeffrey P. Ballou; Evelyn D. Asch

Cambridge University Press, Hardcover, 9780521515108, 339pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2008

Description
Mission and Money goes beyond the common focus on elite universities and examines the entire higher education industry, including the rapidly growing for-profit schools. The sector includes research universities, four-year colleges, two-year schools, and non-degree-granting career academies. Many institutions pursue mission-related activities that are often unprofitable and engage in profitable revenue raising activities to finance them. This book contains a good deal of original research on schools revenue sources from tuition, donations, research, patents, endowments, and other activities. It considers lobbying, distance education, and the world market, as well as advertising, branding, and reputation. The pursuit of revenue, while essential to achieve the mission of higher learning, is sometimes in conflict with that mission itself. The tension between mission and money is also highlighted in the chapter on the profitability of intercollegiate athletics. The concluding chapter investigates implications of the analysis for public policy.


About the Author


Jeffrey P. Ballou is an economist at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Mathematica, he held faculty positions at Northeastern and Northwestern Universities. Dr Ballou's professional research spans multiple industries, including higher education and health care, areas in which he consults regularly for policy makers and institutional stakeholders. He received his PhD from Northwestern University.

Evelyn D. Asch is Research Coordinator at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. She has also taught research and writing in the humanities and social sciences at Loyola University Chicago, DePaul University, and Shimer College. Dr Asch is the author (with Sharon K. Walsh) of three college texts in the Wadsworth Casebook in Argument series: Just War (2004), Civil Disobedience (2005), and Immigration (2005). She received her PhD from the Committee on the History of Culture of the University of Chicago.