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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


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