NewsAcademic Funding

How Much Is a Program Worth?

Science  19 Apr 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5260, pp. 343
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5260.343


Kingston, Rhode Island—With coffers draining faster than they could be filled, administrators at the University of Rhode Island (URI) needed to find all their financial leaks and caulk them. The caulking gun: URI's Program Contribution Analysis. Although complex in details, the analysis had the single goal of determining whether faculty time was being spent efficiently. Here's how it worked for one professor in the Department of Human Development, Counseling, and Family Studies.