Clemson 2010-2011 Legislative and Funding Priorities Presentation to the S.C. Commission on Higher Education August 4, 2010
Clemson University: 2009-2010 in Review • Delivering quality and value • Ranked #22 among national public universities (U.S. News • & World Report) • Ranked #2 “happiest students” (Princeton Review) • Ranked #1 in town-gown relations (Princeton Review) • Ranked #33 among best values in public colleges (Kiplinger’s) • 94% of seniors rate educational experience as good or excellent, compared to a peer average of 85% (NSSE) • 12 ranked academic programs
Clemson University: 2009-2010 in Review • Increasing demand for Clemson • Record number of undergraduate applications • Record freshman and Bridge to Clemson enrollment (Fall 2009) • Record LIFE/Palmetto Scholarship retention • #1 choice of the state’s Palmetto Fellows • Number of students completing degree programs has increased 21.3% since FY2000 – a result of higher graduation and retention rates (i.e., productivity), not enrollment growth.
Demand and Yield FACT: Another record year for undergraduate applications
Clemson University: 2009-2010 in Review • Delivering economic development • Nearly 2,000 jobs announced at CU-ICAR • Proterra • American Titanium • Sage Interiors • $98M wind-energy project launched with $45M DOE grant • Advanced Materials Innovation Center under construction • New biomedical research facilities on campus and at GHS • New business education epicenter -- Clemson at the Falls
Clemson University: Since Adopting Top 20 Vision • 2001 2010 • Graduation rate 71% 79% • SAT range 1080-1260 1140-1320 • Top 10% freshmen 37% 45% • SC scholarship retention 44% 68% • UG applications 11,423 16,864 • Grad applications 4,065 5,014 • Alumni giving 23% 28% • PhD enrollment 684 1250
Clemson State E&G Appropriations Per Student: FY 1970 – FY 2011 (adjusted for inflation) FACT: Adjusted for inflation, Clemson receives about $3,400 per student in state appropriations, down from $9,500 in 1973 – a 64% decrease
Clemson University: Since June 2008 • Recurring state funding cuts: $75 million • Aggressive steps to manage shortfalls • Eliminated more than 450 positions through attrition and elimination of vacant positions (no layoffs) • Engaged faculty, staff and students in creative solutions • Hiring, travel restrictions • Double-digit budget cuts for administrative and support units in order to protect academic core • Modest tuition increases to partially offset funding cuts
State-Supported Scholarship FundingTotal State-Funded Scholarship Support in SC: FY 2000 – 2009(millions) Percent Chg FY 2000 – 2009 = 808.9% FACT: While support to institutions declined, state funding for scholarships to families increased 800% since 2000.
SC Has Kept its Covenant with FamiliesState-Funded Scholarship Support at Clemson: FY 2000 – 2009(millions) Change Amount FY 2000 – 2009 = $35.1M Percent Chg FY2000 – 2009 = 585.0% FACT: State support for scholarships to Clemson families has increased by 585%
The LIFE/Palmetto Success Story • In FY 2009, more than 99% of enrolled in-state Clemson freshmen received financial aid from the Palmetto Fellows, LIFE and Hope scholarships. • Unlike virtually every other state program, the LIFE/Palmetto Scholarship program emerged from the Great Recession unscathed.
The LIFE/Palmetto Success Story • More than 2/3 of Clemson students • retain state-funded scholarships • Clemson students are working harder and performing better in order to secure and maintain merit-based, state-funded aid • These State-funded scholarship programs have funded excellence, and have created positive incentives for student performance • LIFE Scholarship Second-Year Retention • 2000 Cohort: 46.0% • 2008 Cohort: 58.5% • Palmetto Scholarship Second-Year Retention • 2000 Cohort: 85.6% • 2008 Cohort: 86.5% • Overall Life & Palmetto Second-Year Retention • 2000 Cohort: 53.6% • 2008 Cohort: 66.7%
Scholarship/Fellowship Funding at a Record HighFinancial Aid at Clemson: FY 2001-2009(millions) $52.6M increase since FY 2000 154.9% increase since FY 2000
Affordability and Actual Out-of-Pocket Cost • Tuition hikes get the headlines, but the average student pays far less than the posted “sticker price,” thanks to scholarships and grants. Average net out-of-pocket academic fees for fall 2009 were: • $1,731 for first-time freshmen • $2,268 for sophomores* • $2,513 for juniors* • $2,645 for seniors* • * continuing student cohort groups
Clemson University: Looking Ahead • Clemson is a high quality university with high demand that is efficient and affordable. • The aggressive cost-cutting strategies were necessary for the economic times. • It is now time to return to long-range planning in this “new normal” funding environment in order to ensure that Clemson continues to thrive as a less publicly-funded university.
Clemson University: Looking Ahead • As a science- and technology-oriented research university with a land-grant mission of service, Clemson has specific responsibilities, regardless of state funding levels: • Provide talent for the new economy – college graduates who are marketable, entrepreneurial and globally competitive • Drive innovation that stimulates economic growth and solves real-world problems • Serve the public good and work to address the great issues of the 21st century: Energy, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, health, transportation and sustainable environment
Clemson’s Priorities for 2010-2011 • Honor commitments to students and faculty • Scholarships • Faculty start-up packages • Restart construction of the Academic Success Center • Restart construction of the Life Sciences facility • Honor commitments to South Carolina • Wind energy initiative in North Charleston • Innovation Center for advanced materials • Continued development of CU-ICAR -- Center for Emerging Technologies • Complete strategic planning process launched in April: Meet with each department to identify investments, divestments and new revenues.
Legislative and Funding Needs • #1 Priority: Protect base E&G funding for core academic programs to minimize tuition increases • A capital bond bill for higher education (economic stimulus) • Regulatory reform focused on public-private partnerships, facilities and human resources • Statewide initiatives: Endowed Chairs funding; statewide virtual library; cost-of-living increase for state employees