Student Affairs

Budget Basics for Student Affairs Professionals

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Mark Kretovics
Price: $50.00

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Accountability continues to be a hot political topic and a great concern within higher education. The most public aspect of this accountability movement is fiscal accountability. As student affairs professionals we are expected to have a greater understanding of business practices and tacit knowledge of the budgeting process. Our professional organizations and colleagues recognize the need for fiscal management skills and yet many administrators assume fiscal responsibilities with little or no formal training. This workshop will provide participants the information necessary to understand the budget process


  • Participants will gain an understanding of the budgeting process
  • Understand how to create, read, and evaluate a budget
  • Understand how priorities are reflected in a budget
  • Learn effective budget monitoring techniques
  • Understand the vocabulary of the budget process


  • Anyone who is uncomfortable with reading and/or preparing budgets


Dr. Mark Kretovics has an extensive background in applying business principles to higher education practice and is the author of "Business Practices In Higher Education: A guide for Today"s Administrators" (Routledge). He has managed multi-million dollar budgets while serving as an SSAO at two small private colleges. Additionally, he has served as an Assistant Dean in a College of Business at a large Land Grant Institution where he was responsible for assessment and accreditation issues. Currently he is an Associate Professor in Kent State¹s preparation program and he teaches a course entitled Business Administration in Higher Education with a primary emphasis on budgeting and budget management. Finally, it may be of note that he holds an MBA and an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance.

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