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Facilitating Academic Excellence During an Economic and Technological Revolution. Challenges, opportunities, and a few ideas for your consideration August 12, 2010 . Observations after 6 months:. Competent and caring university community: faculty, students, administration

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facilitating academic excellence during an economic and technological revolution

Facilitating Academic Excellence During an Economic and Technological Revolution

Challenges, opportunities, and a few ideas for your consideration

August 12, 2010

observations after 6 months
Observations after 6 months:
  • Competent and caring university community: faculty, students, administration
  • Strong financial position
  • Generally excellent infrastructure
  • Great people – friendly, warm, welcoming, “Southern hospitability mixed with Midwestern values”
  • Interesting location:
    • “border town” – South and the Midwest,
    • Great shopping, restaurants, hospitals, family activities.
  • Record enrollment
  • Very strong academic programs
the rapidly changing higher education environment
The Rapidly Changing Higher Education Environment
  • Technology
    • New information management scenario
    • New higher education models
  • Demographics
  • Accountability
  • Economics
    • Higher cost for education
    • Fewer dollars for state support
academic emphasis areas
Academic Emphasis Areas
  • Institutional teamwork
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Assessment
  • Teaching technology
  • Course redesign
  • Shared governance
  • Financial efficiency
2010 2011 academic affairs goals
2010 – 2011 Academic Affairs Goals
  • Support and enhance student learning
  • Using program review and course redesign, enhance academic offerings to meet emerging societal demands
  • Modify average class size to reach approximately 25-30 students/class
  • Provide additional flexibility for student learning through winter intersession and summer sessions
  • Evaluate alternative assignments for faculty in an equitable manner
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Missouri Discretionary Budget

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7.5

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6.5

6.0

Billions

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

Net General Revenue Collections and Transfers

Net GR Collections, Transfers PLUS federal stabilization $

the challenge
The Challenge:

Develop 5 year strategy to secure funds for:

  • $1.2 million/yr increased cost of doing business
  • $600,00/yr per 1% employee salary increase
  • 15 - 25% reduction in state appropriation
  • Cost of new initiatives
underlying principles
Underlying principles:
  • Increase programmatic quality
  • Balance the budget
  • Maximize university capacity
  • Minimize negative impacts on students, employees, programs, infrastructure
  • Fund new strategic initiatives
program review
Program review:
  • Complete current efficiency analysis
  • Evaluate process with Faculty Senate
  • Under review:
  • Athletic Training (ATHL)
  • Theatre and Dance (THEA)
  • Physics and Engineering Physics (PHEP)
  • Historic Preservation (HSPV)
  • Economics (ECON)
  • Computer Science (CPSC)
  • Fashion Merchandizing (HESM)
  • Communication Studies (CSCC)
  • Child and Family Studies (CCFS)
  • Administrative Systems Management (ASMG)
faculty workload ech model under consideration
Faculty WorkloadECH model under consideration:
  • Generally, TT faculty teaching load is 12 equivalent credit hours (ECH) with additional service and scholarly productivity expectations.
  • Standard RNTT faculty teaching load is 15 ECH.
  • ECH = lecture contact hours + (.75 * lab contact hours)
  •  Additional weightings needed for various assignments such as clinical, practicum, etc.
  • Internship weightings may vary by college
small classes
Small classes
  • Limit number of low enrolled classes
  • Minimum class sizes:
    • Undergraduate lecture: 15
    • Undergraduate lab: 12
    • Graduate class: 10
  • A list of “special cases” is being developed (i.e. – nursing clinical minimum = 6)
  • Deans may permit a limited number of exceptions per semester (prorated - i.e. 10)
large classes
Large classes
  • Develop a limited number (20) of large classes (enrollment greater than 100)
  • Develop faculty compensation protocol, for example:
    • Enrollment of 75 = ECH weighting of 1.5
    • Enrollment of 100 = ECH weighting of 2.0
  • Appropriate only for specific courses
  • Sample Goal: 20 courses with more than 100 students by Fall 2012
  • Course Redesign Committee, Deans developing recommendations for specific courses
average university class size
Average University Class Size
  • Goal: Increase average class size from 21 to 26
  • Financial analysis:
    • 5 students/class,
    • 3 sch/student-class,
    • 400 faculty,
    • $200/SCH,
    • 8 classes/faculty-year
    • Yields $9.6 million in annual revenue
course redesign
Course Redesign
  • Characteristics:
    • Focus on student learning outcomes
    • Increase student engagement, experiential learning
    • Increase use of technology
    • Utilize mix of teaching techniques
    • Consider use of Open Learning Initiative courses
    • Consider course cartridges (Blackboard)
  • Results
    • Increased learning
    • Increased student retention, satisfaction
    • Reduced costs
additional strategies
Additional strategies
  • Winter Intersession
  • Summer session
  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistants
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