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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This textbook is well-respected, well-written and very useful.

It covers an important segment of higher education administration that few are trained to address. Many neophyte recently appointed college administrators have stubbled -- and failed -- because they were pitifully ignorant about budgets and finanncial management.

No college president was ever fired because his/her college had poor academic standards. On the other hand, many have been fired because the college got into financial difficulties. Boards, inevitably conservate, cringe and shake when a college drifts into finanacial problems. Their easy solutuion is to fire the president or a dean or two.

Ergo, all college administrators must become proficient in the dual topics of this book. If you didn't learn that in college, then pick up this book and prepare yourself.

N.B. Dr. Mellander was a college president for 20 years. More recently he was a professor of higher education administration.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2012
As a member of the faculty, I have now used this book twice as a main text for a master's level class in higher education leadership and budgeting. My students have found it well-written and useful in many areas of higher education finance. It is easy to read and well-organized. The concepts are covered in some depth - my only complaint is that it could go into more depth in some areas. Overall high student satisfaction with this text.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of the things that was missing in my Masters degree in College Student Personnel was any information in regards to understand and working with budgets in higher education. When I entered the field back in 1999 I had to do a lot of self-education to understand how things worked and how things should work. As I moved into my Doctorate degree I purposely made sure that I took at least one course in this topic, unfortunately there really were few texts that existed at the time to really grasp these concepts so we ended up reading many different authors to try and gain a better, more broad perspective on this topic.

I could only have wished that we had a book as thorough as this one when I was going through my different advanced degrees. The authors of this book were very complete in their examination of the topics. It was well-written and very practical and useful. The book starts at the beginning and works its' way into deeper topics. This format makes it easy to grasp and to work through and for someone who has never had any experiences in this area, it walks you step-by-step through everything that you need to know, or at least gives you a start on your journey!

All-in-all I would highly recommend this for students and staff alike as it was a great read and really opened my eyes, and I have been in the field for 15 years!

*I received this for review - all opinions are my own*
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2013
I received this book today and raced back to the website to say - don't waste your money. As an administrator of 20+ years, I realize this book is written for the individual who basically knows nothing. What I have found is that an individual who is looking for budget help has suddenly been thrown into the deep end of the pool and is seeking basic help with the details, not an overview of an overview of an overview that is so generic as to be useless. Seriously. One can find better information on the internet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2014
It's a very basic, simple book on budget management, sometimes a bit too basic. I needed it for a class, and it helped me understand budgeting a little bit more.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2012
This is a well-written book about many aspects of budget proposal and management in Higher Education. It begins with an introduction to the context in which a budget manager works. Then, it presents different types of budgets and the elements in a budget: revenue and expenses. It also educates readers about managing budgets, the possible pitfalls, and feasible solutions along the way.

In this book, the major themes of budget writing and management include: good and thorough planning leading to good budgets, external factors in the environment are to be included in the budgeting process to have an accurate financial forecast which may need to cover several years into the future, and the importance of a budget manager cultivating a positive network with colleagues in the organization, etc.

This book is comprehensive and also practical for budget managers in Higher Education. It is also very suitable for readers who are new in this area and would like to get the big picture of how budgets are handled in Higher Education.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2013
The easy to read and understand presentation is wonderful for those who need a refresher or even for those wanting a crash course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2015
Item arrived timely and as described.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2012
This book has been assigned as part of a master's course in Organization and Administration. The book is accessible, accompanied by tables, and a quick read. Though it is difficult to understand budgeting without doing it, this book provides good overall insight into budgets and financial management in higher education.

In my opinion, it is also far less dry than other texts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2015
Excellent
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