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President Engstrom used the University Council meeting on Thursday, April 18, 2013 to discuss budget issues and concerns on campus.

The discussion was composed of three major parts:

1.  Context

2.  The Budget Problem: Data

3.  Steps/Timeline

  

President Engstrom

1. Context

Enrollment drop- In 2013 we saw fewer students in Fall and Spring semesters. Two years ago there was inequity in per-student funding; enrollment was growing, but there was no monetary adjustment for the growth. MSU was declining at that time, now they are growing -- we have switched places. Graduate and doctorate program enrollment have remaining about the same from 2008-201. Undergraduate have dropped in the last 2 years. Missoula College has slightly increased its enrollment in the last 2 years. UM peaked in 2011 in resident enrollment and has seen a decrease in resident enrollment (WUE has affected this). First time degree-seeking freshman has decreased 500 students since 200. UM has seen a multi-year trend; we are losing market-share to MSU

2. The Budget Problem (Slide presentation can be found here)

Budget $450,000,000

1/3 of these funds are state appropriated, 2/3 tuition and fees

$152,000,000: Revenue estimated for FY14

Possible pay plan increase of 3% is not yet finalized in the Legislature

Possible tuition increase for non-resident students

Budget decisions should be made by May 10

How do we spend our money at UM?

a. Instruction is about ½ of budget

  1. Student services

Ratios

Historically, MSU has more investment in faculty/students

3. Steps/Timeline (Actions taken)

$1,000,000 will go towards towards recruiting new freshmen

Website renovation

Facebook ads and updating

Increased financial aid

Increased contacts with prospective students

New brand/messaging

Name buys

Beyond recruiting:

Right programs: more money will go into attractive and/or new programs. As an example, Communicative Studies

Financially attractive

Attractive campus

Things that have affected us as a campus:

  1. Recognizing what attracts students to us
  2. Bad publicity

Open Discussion/ Q&A:

Mark LeParco suggested that administration have the conversation with groups such as Administrators Council in the Fall re: shortfall and possible solutions to shortfall…

Darlene Sampson: suggested involving Staff Senate and Faculty Senate in these discussions

Juana Alcala talked with the group about enrollment/recruitment efforts

Federal and state funding is down across the nation so all Universities and higher education facilities are competing for less funding

Marketing/Recruiting Efforts Nationwide:

UM spends about $517 per student

Most public institutions spend about $907 per student

Private institutions spend about $2000 per student

            Increase in international recruiting efforts

            Engage families in recruitment process

            Make personal contact

            Open houses

Look into investing in scholarships for lower socio-economic groups, changing demographics

A Missoula College representative asked: Are we increasing efforts to 2 year programs as well?

J- answered: Yes, opening markets for states like WA,CA,CO, and ID (WUE enrollment)

 

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