Reporting of Faculty Time: An Accounting Perspective

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Science  01 Jan 1982:
Vol. 215, Issue 4528, pp. 27-32
DOI: 10.1126/science.215.4528.27


Controversial federal regulations requiring universities to report 100 percent of the activities performed by faculty members encounter severe theoretical difficulties of allocation that pervade accounting and that at present are insoluble. Yet it is only natural for universities and government agencies to desire that such allocations be made. Accounting practitioners have faced such reporting dilemmas for generations; their experiences suggest ways of palliating the federal requirements.