Nearly three-quarters of higher education institutions use grants to fund their staff. But how well are the institutions tracking and reporting their grant-related labor costs? 

To learn how colleges and universities perform grant tracking today — and whether those methods are effective — the Governing Institute surveyed 120 higher education officials from a variety of institution sizes and types.

 

Getting the Numbers Right

A key discovery: The limitations in current methods mean 44 percent of education officials are not satisfied with their department’s project tracking. The factors behind this level of dissatisfaction were explored further in the survey, and the in-depth findings are presented in this issue brief.

The key take-away: A complete, accurate, and easily accessible project data is critical for an institution’s ability to attract and sustain grant funding.  An online workforce management system is one way an institution can improve its grant tracking and compliance while eliminating the time drain and accuracy issues of manual tracking processes.