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Academic Fiscal Management
Curricular Audit for Cost Containment and Student Success
Lyndon State College
This initiative involved an in-depth analysis of every academic program to determine its financial viability and its success in serving students. A comprehensive set of data was compiled and analyzed by an academic administrative team. Data and preliminary observations were shared with each academic department and the team met with departments to discuss potential curricular changes. The analysis occurred over one year with follow-up analysis and curricular revision spilling into the subsequent year. The project has resulted in the closure of several academic majors, minors, and concentrations and the pruning of required and elective courses. These changes resulted in cost savings for the college. The analysis of student success measures has focused faculty on developing strategies to increase student success in their programs.
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Revenue Enhancement through Public/Public Partnerships
University of the District of Columbia
The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) renovated a key university building through partnerships with the District of Columbia government and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) while generating revenue and creating a pipeline for additional enrollment. “Building 52” was a campus facility that previously housed the UDC School of Business, but was vacated due to major renovation needs. UDC leased Building 52 to the D.C. government, which needed a swing space for Wilson High School, a DCPS school nearby, while the school’s permanent space was being renovated. In this partnership, UDC received market-based rent for the lease period and the D.C. government assumed responsibility for the costs associated with the Building 52 renovation project.
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