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ERIC Number: ED500689
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr-11
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Results through Productivity Report for Ohio Public Higher Education, 2007
Ohio Board of Regents
In April 2004, the Governor's Commission on Higher Education and the Economy (CHEE) recommended that the Ohio Board of Regents submit a biennial report to the Governor and the General Assembly in connection with the budget process. This report is the second such report. The purposes of this report are to provide policy makers and the public with evidence of actual efficiencies attained and to be attained by the state's public colleges and universities and to stimulate further efficiencies. From FY 1999 to FY 2005 full-time equivalent (FTE) campus enrollment increased 16.1%, from 320,595 to 372,336. Over the same period, campus costs per FTE in constant 2005 dollars decreased 2.8%, from $11,084 to $10,779. Ohio's public campuses are educating more students at a lower, inflation-adjusted cost. During that period, state support per FTE declined $1,176. The campuses have covered $305 (or 26%) of that lost revenue through cost reductions. The balance ($871) has been defrayed primarily through tuition increases. This report demonstrates that: (1) Ohio public colleges and universities undertook administrative cost savings initiatives that saved in excess of $265 million in FY 2005 and FY 2006; (2) Ohio public colleges and universities undertook academic cost savings initiatives that saved in excess of $57 million in FY 2005 and FY 2006; (3) A number of institutions are engaging in new collaborative efforts to reduce costs or provide far broader educational opportunities at no additional cost, including regional academic and research alliances, shared resources and purchasing, and shared facilities; (4) Through pilot projects in course and curriculum redesign, improving student learning and faculty teaching, distance learning and community partnerships, institutions are reducing costs and improving outcomes; and (5) Ohio institutions introduced a number of new programs to meet state need, notwithstanding limited new state funding. Examples reported in this document represent a small fraction of those responses and are primarily intended to give the reader an indication of the range and variety of actions undertaken by public colleges and universities in Ohio: an appendix containing a more complete set of institutional responses is available. Finally, this report provides support for two legislative initiatives that could reduce institutional costs in the construction context: the elimination of the statutory requirements for multiple prime contractors and for the use of the prevailing wage. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio Board of Regents, Columbus.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio