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Higher Ed Board approves campus mission alignment, previews 2011-13 budgets

Contact: Di Saunders, Office: 503-725-5714; Cell: 971-219-6869

PORTLAND, July 8, 2011 – The State Board of Higher Education and its Finance and Administration Committee met today to, among other items, review mission alignment and metrics across the OUS; review the 2011 Legislative Session outcomes; and review the outcomes of the 2011-2013 operating and capital budgets, among other items reviewed by the Board.

Mission Alignment     OUS vice chancellor for academic strategies, Sona Karentz Andrews, reviewed with the Board the use and implementation of a mission alignment tool for system and campus use. In the Mission Alignment document, campus missions and profiles are defined by three alignment matrices that correspond to Board goals, and include student access, undergraduate academic programs, and innovation/research reflective of the strengths in graduate education and research. Andrews said that the alignment document is a snapshot, showing the contributions of OUS institutions at any given point, and will be updated annually and submitted through the Academic Strategies Committee (ASC) of the Board for review and approval. The document shows how OUS institutions are fulfilling their mission commitments, is a bridge to align missions within the OUS, will be used to determine needs for new academic programs, and will help the Board assess institutional progress and program viability. Besides system-wide metrics, each university also has their institution-specific metrics under each of the three goal areas. Mission alignment matrices will be used as well to benchmark and measure progress on critical indicators; and will be used for accreditation purposes. Jim Francesconi, chair of the Board’s Academic Strategies Committee, thanked the OUS provosts for supporting the mission alignment process. He said that the Board should be considering questions such as: are these the right roles for these institutions? Does this all add up to serve needs of the state or are there other areas where we need to do a better job? And as related to the economy, are these programs the right mix?

After some discussion, the Board approved the Mission Alignment/Metrics plan previously approved by the ASC at their June 2011 meeting.

Budget Summary     OUS vice chancellor for finance and administration, Jay Kenton, briefed the Board on two allocation areas: the additional 2009-2011 General Fund appropriation for Education & General; and the 2011-2013 budget. Regarding the 2011-2013 operating budget, after end-of-Session additions and reductions – including the all-Agencies’ services and supplies reduction of 6.5% and the 3.5% holdback for all state agencies – the operating budget is $692 million, compared to $823.6 million for 2009-2011 (includes recent funding of $30 million for Maintenance of Effort purposes, budget cuts taken during the biennium, and federal ARRA funding). The capital budget for 2011-2013 is $259.8 million in bonding and limitation authority for new projects funded through lottery bonds, XI-F bonds, XI-Q bonds, and gift/grant funding; there was no General Fund in the capital budget. Kenton said that over the next several weeks that he will be modeling campus allocations, which the Board will review and approve at the next full Board meeting in October. A budget fact sheet summarizing the budgets was provided to the Board.

In other action and discussion at today’s and earlier Committee meetings, the Board and/or its Committees:

  • Heard an update on the 2011 Legislative Session from OUS Chancellor George Pernsteiner, OUS chief of staff Bridget Burns, and Jack Isselmann, government relations consultant. They acknowledged the support of the Governor, legislators, the Oregon Student Association, Oregon’s business community, and the many efforts of OUS campus staff/faculty and Chancellor’s Office staff in the passage of Senate Bill 242 and other legislative accomplishments.
  • Approved the allocation of the additional $30 million in General Fund for Education and General Services for OUS for 2009-2011which is related to meeting compliance with federal “maintenance of effort” requirements associated with federal stimulus funding.
  • Approved the ground lease between the University of Oregon and TC Eugene LLC consisting of 4.2 acres of property located at 1700 Millrace Drive in the Riverfront Research Park in Eugene to construct a 79,800 square foot LEED Silver building in which the Oregon Research Institute and the Educational Policy Center will be housed.
  • Approved the OUS Internal Audit Division Progress Report provided by Patricia Snopkowski, OUS executive director of Internal Audit, summarizing 2011 audits reports issued between May and June 2011.
  • Approved the Equity Purchasing and Contracting Policy and Procedures to achieve annual improvement in the utilization of Historically Underrepresented Businesses, as presented by Hillary Bounds, OUS director of contracting and purchasing.
  • The Academic Strategies Committee at its June 2011 meeting approved modifications to the Provosts’ Council organization and operation; approved the Academic Rank policy; and approved changes to centers and institutes in OUS policy.
  • Heard about legal services transition planning related to steps needed to transition from the current services to post-Senate Bill 242 services authorized by the legislation.
  • Heard updates from Board committees including Academic Strategies, Finance and Administration, and Governance and Policy. Received a report/statement from the Oregon Student Association.                                                                                        

The Oregon University System comprises seven distinguished public universities and one branch campus, reaching more than one million people each year through on-campus classes, statewide public services and lifelong learning. The Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the statutory governing board of OUS, is composed of twelve members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. For additional information, go to www.ous.edu; and for today’s Board Docket materials go to: www.ous.edu/state_board/meeting/dockets

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