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President’s Retreat 2011

Government Relations Update

Mike Sample

Doug Wasitis

Jeff Linder

the political landscape
The Political Landscape
  • Typical Rebound in Economic Growth Not Happening
  • Unemployment Remains Stubbornly High
  • Public & Private Institutions Seeking to Safely De-Lever; Public Fear of Debt/Deficits Grows
  • Perception That Government May Be Running Out of Policy Options
  • Increasing potential for a double dip recession
growing ideological division in the country
Growing Ideological Division in the Country

• Diminishing number of moderates

• Increasing number of self-identified conservatives

• Stable level of self-identified liberals over the last decade

• Trend among independents since 2009 moving more conservative

• Disproportionate power on the political fringes of both parties

implications
Implications
  • Political

• Divided government will

remain in Washington at least

through the end of 2012—

Consensus and compromise

will likely remain elusive

•New resources for higher

education from any level of

government will be unlikely

during this period

•Maintaining existing government

resources will be a challenge in

the face of expected budget cuts

•Republicans will continue to

control all of state government

at least through the end of

2012 – conservative agenda

will dominate the legislature

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Implications
  • For Indiana University

• Level of research dollars could be threatened

•Potential for changes in performance funding model

•Federal earmarks unlikely to return any time soon

•Potential for student loan reductions and greater reliance on institutional aid to replace it

•Potential for more state control, even in the face of significantly DECREASING state support

serious strategy for 2012
Serious Strategy for 2012

1. More aggressively promote the economic value to the state of 4-year

degrees and the need to support the institutions providing them

2. Develop stronger relationships with individual ICHE members

and communicate directly with them

3. Establish and maintain strong relations with federal agency

officials

4. Establish strong relations with relatively new Indiana Congressional

Delegation

5. Promote selective issues in Congress such as restoration

of Title VI funding and maintaining adequate

funding levels for NIH, NSF etc.

serious strategy for 20121
Serious Strategy for 2012

6. Develop and promote an “IU Plan” for performance

incentives, possibly including a suggested plan for a

structure of higher education in Indiana University

7. Seek greater autonomy from state government

as state support diminishes

8. Aggressively defend against potential attacks on

the authority of Trustees and administrators

9. Establish strong relationships with

Gubernatorial candidates

responding to the challenge higher education community
Responding to the Challenge-Higher Education Community
  • Educate the bipartisan committee, the public and everyone else
    • Why science is important
    • Medicare support for graduate medical education
  • Revisit Federal Priorities
    • Everything is not an option
    • Protecting the core of programs like Title VI
responding to the challenge indiana university
Responding to the Challenge-Indiana University
  • Recognize the Increased power of agency officials
  • Grow partnerships with industry