John N. Olsgaard and Jane K. Olsgaard




††††††††††† This section of the report provides a descriptive analysis of the data pertaining to the financial status of graduate programs of library and information science whose first professional degree programs have been accredited by the American Library Association. Complete financial data were received from 55of the 56 eligible schools with ALA-accredited programs.



Funding: Amounts and Sources


††††††††††† A total income of $125,005,417 was reported by 56 schools; this represents an average income of $2,232,240 as shown in Table IV-1.Funding for the schools ranged from a high of $11,829,717 to a low of $464,065.The median income in 1999-2000 for the 55 schools was $1,529,156, which represents an increase of 2.8 percent above the previous yearís median income of $1,487,191.


††††††††††† The average income continues to increase, and the percentage of increase rebounded from the smaller increases for several of the recent years.A review of the percentage of increase or decrease for individual schools is reported in Table IV-2.


††††††††††† The number of schools receiving increases in total income of one percent or greater grew to 41 in 1999-2000.The number of schools receiving decreases of one percent or greater decreased to 14 in 1999-2000.


††††††††††† The frequency distribution of the total income for schools with ALA-accredited programs is contained in Table IV-3.Forty-one schools reported income over $1,000,000, compared with 38 schools in 1998-99 and 37 schools in 1997-98.The number of schools reporting income over $2,000,000 increased from 16 to 18.At the lower end of the spectrum, the number of schools reporting income under $600,000 decreased to two, compared with three in 1998-99.


††††††††††† In Table IV-4, the sources of funds for schools with ALA-accredited programs are described for the ten-year period, 1990-91 to 1999-2000.The largest percentage of funding continues to come from the parent institution.The percentage of support from the parent institution has remained reasonably steady during the last three reporting years.Although the actual amount has increased considerably, the percentage has decreased by almost 10 points over the last decade.


††††††††††† Table IV-5 depicts the frequency distribution of income from the parent institution.These figures ranged from a high of $6,907,957 to a low of $316,011, with a median income of $1,261,571. One school reported income under $400,000, and one additional school reported support under $500,000 in 1999-2000.Thirty-four schools reported support in an amount over $1,000,000 compared to twenty-nine schools last year.Thirty-one of these 34 schools were from the United States; three were from Canada.Fourteen schools reported income from the parent institution of greater than $2,000,000 in 1999-2000, compared with twelve in 1998-99.


††††††††††† Schools were again asked to indicate if there was any special basis for receiving funding from the parent institution, such as FTE, credit hours generated, or head count.Table IV-6 provides the responses received from the ALA-accredited programs.There is little change from previous years.


††††††††††† In 1999-2000, the number of schools who reported federal funding increased to 33 as shown in Table IV-7. The mean for federal funding continued the general increase in federal funding over the decade.


††††††††††† The range of federal funds in 1999-2000 went from a high of $2,283,511 to a low of $3,000.(The median was $148,520.)Table IV-8 reports the frequency distribution of income from federal funding.


††††††††††† Differences in income between schools with doctoral programs and those without continue to be examined.Table IV-9 shows that the total mean income for schools with doctoral programs continues to be more than two times as high as that of schools not offering the doctorate.Schools without the doctorate continue to have greater dependence on the parent institution than those with doctoral programs.


††††††††††† Income data for the ALA-accredited schools were first examined by geographic regions in 1982-83; these data are again presented in 1999-2000 according to the regional listings established by the American Library Associationís Committee on Accreditation.Table IV-10 reports these data.



Expenditures: Types and Amounts


††††††††††† The 1999-2000 expenditures by category for member schools are shown in Table IV-11, along with mean expenditures, ranges, and percent of total.


††††††††††† Questions relating to the library and information science facilities were again included in 1999-2000.Schools were asked to indicate if they had a separate library; whether the library received its major support from the school; whether the librarian was funded by the school; and if the library was administratively a part of the main library.Table IV-12a displays the responses.


Schools were also asked to indicate if they had a separate computer lab;whether the computer lab received the majority of its funding from the school; whether the computer lab supervisor was funded by the school; and if the computer lab was administratively a part of the Universityís central computing facility.Table IV-12b displays the responses.


††††††††††† Table IV-13a shows the amount of support given to the library for those schools that reported library support as a direct budget line. Table IV-13b shows the amount of funding given to computer support for those schools that reported computer support as a direct budget line.


††††††††††† Schools were asked to indicate the allocation of salaries and wages among four categories: faculty, specialist, clerical, and students.Table IV-14 provides the distribution for all schools plus a comparison for those with and without the doctoral programs.


††††††††††† A review of the teaching and administration expenses by category is provided in Table IV-15.


††††††††††† All categories of expenditures were examined for schools with and without doctoral programs, and these results are shown in Table IV-16.


††††††††††† Computer laboratory costs for member schools were identified separately in 1999-2000.These figures are again presented in Table IV-17.


††††††††††† Travel expenditures are reported in Table IV-18.


††††††††††† Table IV-19 and Table IV-20 present the complete income and expenditure figures for 55 of the 56 schools with ALA-accredited programs.

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