Administrative reform at the ASPP

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1984 – Administrative reform at the ASPP

This year, both federations hold a Joint Task Force on the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP). The report they publish is the third report on the program in just four years, there having been reports done by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in 1980 and 1983. The issues are clear: the ASPP has grown a great deal in the past 10 years, subsidizing a yearly average of 135 books as of 1983 and employing eight permanent staff. SSHRC worries that funds are not being used as efficiently as possible. Their plan for the coming 1985-1986 fiscal year is that public funds will only be provided to the program for book subsidies, with all administrative costs falling to the federations. Given this new state of affairs, the Joint Task Force argues that funds will have to be found from various new sources and that the transparency of the program will have to increase in order to improve efficiency and cut costs.