South Hampton University is preparing its budget for the upcoming
academic year. This is a specialised private university that charges fees for all degree courses. Currently, 30,000 students are enrolled on campus. However, the university is forecasting a 5 per cent growth in student numbers in the coming year, despite an increase in fees to $3,000 per subject. The following additional information has been gathered from an examination of university records and conversations with university managers:
South Hampton is planning to award scholarships to 200 students, which will cover their fees.
The average class has 80 students, and the typical student takes 4 subjects per semester. South Hampton operates 2 semesters per year.
The average academic staff salary is $120,000 per annum including on-costs.
South Hampton's academic staff are evaluated on the basis of teaching, research, administration and professional/community service. Each of the academic staff teaches the equivalent of three subjects during the academic year.
a) Preparing revenue budget for the upcoming academic year.
b) Determine the number of staff needed to cover classes.
c) Assume there is a shortage of full-time academic staff. List at least five actions that South Hampton might take to accommodate the growing student numbers.