Like Nobody's Business: An Insider's Guide to How US University Finances Really Work

Andrew C. Comrie

Like Nobody’s Business is a remarkable piece of work. The book describe all aspects of the enormously complicated business of higher education in terms of the flow and utilization of resources—human but predominantly financial. In doing so, the author addresses all the issues that are perennially discussed and contested in the popular media, in both governmental and nongovernmental policy forums, and in academic studies. This book simply provides a wealth of information on topics large and small, but especially on the chief foci of policy and controversy in American higher education.
Roger Lewis Geiger, distinguished professor of education at Pennsylvania State University


How do university finances really work?

From flagship public research universities to small, private liberal arts colleges, there are few aspects of these institutions associated with more confusion, myths or lack of understanding than how they fund themselves and function in the business of higher education. Using simple, approachable explanations supported by clear illustrations, this book takes the reader on an engaging and enlightening tour of how the money flows. How does the university really pay for itself? Why do tuition and fees rise so fast? Why do universities lose money on research? Do most donations go to athletics?

Grounded in hard data, original analyses, and the practical experience of a seasoned administrator, this book provides refreshingly clear answers and comprehensive insights for anyone on or off campus who is interested in the business of the university: how it earns its money, how it spends it, and how it all works.




Like Nobody's Business: An Insider's Guide to How US University Finances Really Work
Andrew C. Comrie | Forthcoming in 2020
ISBN Paperback: 9781800641075
ISBN Hardback: 9781800641082
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781800641099
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781800641105
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781800641112 
ISBN Digital (XML): 9781800641129
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0240
BIC Subject Codes: JN (Education), JNK (Organization and management of education), 1KB (North America), K (Economics, finance, business and management); BISAC: EDU001030 (EDUCATION / Administration / Higher), EDU008000 (EDUCATION / Decision-Making & Problem Solving), EDU036000 (EDUCATION / Organizations & Institutions), BUS032000 (BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Infrastructure), BUS051000 (BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Public Finance).