Sul Ross Legacy Plan

PURPOSE:

Strategies and initiatives aimed at preserving and enhancing the Sul Ross legacy of academic excellence, unique and life changing student experiences, affordability, cutting edge research, service and outreach.

DRIVERS:

  • Recent declines in state support.
  • Anticipated further reductions in state support.
  • The need to generate additional funding within our own means and resources.
  • Only four methods to generate additional funding within our control:
    • Tuition and fee increases (very limited going forward)
    • Enrollment growth (long term and limited impact)
    • Fund raising (longer term and limited impact)
    • Efficiencies that save funds within our existing budget.

SUL ROSS LEGACY PLAN 2018 IS OUR INITIATIVE:

This plan and its strategies and initiatives are NOT being driven by outside forces i.e. the Governor, the legislature, or the System. Data shows that by comparison, Sul Ross is staffed at a ratio well above the average in the State. Sul Ross' allocation of dollars per enrolled student is the highest in the State. We must achieve greater efficiency if we are ever going to be able to justify additional funding for the state. THAT IS OUR GOAL.

GOAL:

Identify up to $2 million in savings prior to the next fiscal year (9/1/2018).

The accomplishment of this goal will allow significant reallocation of institutional resources to priorities such as faculty salaries, faculty positions, staff salaries, M&O allocations, and other priority initiatives that current funding levels will not allow.

STRATEGIES AND INITIATIVES - TO BEGIN IMMEDIATELY:

  • Appoint a Select Task Force on Efficiencies and Innovation that will report to the President.
  • Explore the feasibility of the outsourcing of units or operations as appropriate.
  • Eliminate staff positions that become vacant through attrition or retirement.
  • Identify staff positions that can be eliminated through reorganization or other changes.

THESE EFFORTS WILL FOCUS ON NON-FACULTY POSITIONS ONLY - ALPINE AND RGC.

 

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