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Effectiveness and Efficiency Project. Report to the House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Education and Economic Development January 25, 2005. Why an E & E Initiative?. Maintain Affordability, Access and Quality Address fiscal pressures related to: Tuition affordability

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Effectiveness and efficiency project
Effectiveness and Efficiency Project

Report to the House Appropriations

Sub-Committee on Education and Economic Development

January 25, 2005


Why an e e initiative
Why an E & E Initiative?

Maintain Affordability, Access and Quality

Address fiscal pressures related to:

  • Tuition affordability

  • Projected enrollment increase of 30% over the next decade

    • “Baby boom echo” & “Thornton effect”

  • Escalating costs (including healthcare, energy, and technology)

  • Sustaining academic quality


E e legislative report
E & E Legislative Report

Report contains 16 Action Items:

  • Implementation under way

  • To be completed or substantially implemented over the next two years

  • Ensure accountability through internal and external reports

  • Savings directed at mitigating tuition increases and maintaining quality


E e academic action items
E & E “Academic Action Items”

Action items to mitigate tuition increases and build institutional capacity:

  • Faculty Workload

    - Increase teaching loads 10% across the USM

  • Time to Degree

    - Limit most baccalaureate programs to 120 credits

  • On-line and out-of-classroom learning

    - Students to complete 12 credits outside traditional classroom experience

  • Enrollment management

    - Maximize utilization of institutional capacity


E e administrative action items
E & E “Administrative Action Items”

Action items to reduce costs, mitigate tuition increases and fund quality:

  • Review organizational structure of “special-purpose institutions” (UMUC, UB, UMBI, UMCES)

  • Procurement

    • Leverage USM’s buying power, e.g., PeopleSoft, IT, Electricity RFP

  • Enrollment Management Services

    • Streamline student services functions to eliminate unnecessary duplication

  • Support and Administration:

    • Collaborate on “shared services” such as Finance and Human Resource Management


Anticipated impact
Anticipated Impact

  • Building Capacity:

    - Academic initiatives will enable USM to serve an additional 2,100 students over the next three years (FY 2006 – 2361 FTES)

    -- 20% - 25% of enrollment growth

    -- no additional cost to the State

  • Reducing cost and funding quality:

    - Administrative initiatives will enable USM to free up money for investment in quality and to mitigate tuition increases

  • FY 2006 fiscal impact:

    - Academic Action Items: $9.5 million

    - Administrative Action Items: $17.1 million

    - Total Estimated E&E Value $26.6 million



Financial aid task force principles
Financial Aid Task ForcePrinciples

  • Hold students with greatest financial need harmless

  • Emphasize grants over loans

  • Emphasize need-based aid

  • Work collaboratively (federal, state and institutional levels)

  • Redirect savings from efficiency efforts to financial aid


Financial aid task force recommendations
Financial Aid Task ForceRecommendations

  • Improve balance of need-based versus non-need- based aid

    • Increase financial aid funding at all levels

    • Target the 75th percentile of peers in average percent of need met

    • Allocate tuition increase revenue to need-based aid

    • Target fund-raising activities for need-sensitive scholarships

    • Increase community college transfer student access to financial aid

    • Modify graduate/professional financial aid to address faculty in workforce shortage areas


Financial aid task force recommendations cont d
Financial Aid Task ForceRecommendations (cont’d)

  • Decrease student debt burden by increasing grants

    • Educate students about debt management and alternative funding

    • Monitor student debt burden

    • Ensure that students with greatest need graduate with least amount of debt

  • Streamline administrative processes through

    E & E Initiative


Summary
Summary

USM undergoing a system-wide reengineering

  • Effectiveness and Efficiency Program continuing

  • Financial Aid Task Force completed

  • Tuition Task Force completed

  • Enrollment Study under way

  • Strategic Plan Update completed

    USM is addressing

    affordability, capacity and quality


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