Ambrose Outlines Strategies for Future Growth of UCM
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 7, 2011) – As the University of Central Missouri enters a new calendar year, strategies and initiatives that will lead the university into the next fiscal year and beyond were presented to the university’s Board of Governors by President Charles Ambrose during the board’s regular meeting Jan. 27.
Ambrose reviewed the progress made during the fall semester, noting that the strategic governance model introduced early last fall planning continues to provide the roadmap for fiscal and academic reorganizations that will lead the university into Fiscal year 2012. He emphasized that the university can continue to grow while taking a careful look at the most efficient use of resources at hand, with the primary goal of student success.
Ambrose told the members of the board that the university will enter the fiscal year with a savings generated in FY2011 of $3.5 million. He credited the UCM community, including staff, faculty and administration, with playing a major role by successfully reallocating resources, including salaries saved during a hiring freeze during the latter part of 2010.
“We are developing a strategic vision for the delivery of academic services through a reallocation model that will look to the future, not only in terms of what creates a greater signature for the institution, but also in terms of what provides a greater response to the needs of the state of Missouri,” Ambrose said. He noted that the academic reorganization not only will improve delivery of academic services for students, but also will provide a response to the budget needs of the state. Five colleges have been reorganized into four, with academic departments reviewed and some reorganized to provide excellent academic opportunities for students with a more resourceful use of personnel and administrative expertise.
Ambrose added that enrollment management data is being compiled and analyzed, with trends being identified and strategies developed to ensure that the best effort is being made to reach out to potential students through marketing and admissions.
Completion of performance reviews and evaluation of all expenditures related to administrative and support programs will be completed by early spring, with a goal of reducing expenditures by $2 million for FY 2012.
“In essence, we will, through strategic resource modeling, find ways to do more with less, better,” Ambrose said.
Ambrose also announced the development and implementation of the Whiteman Initiative, a cooperative effort between the leadership of the university and nearby Whiteman Air Force Base to bring together personnel and resources from WAFB and UCM to create a shared vision of community while improving opportunities for servicemen and women and veterans on campus.
“We’ve received a very positive reaction from the community about this initiative, which is part of our strategic visioning for become part of the community,” Ambrose said. “It’s a strong indicator of the commitment by our community partners fulfill our shared vision of what make our community distinct.”
“We are strategically positioning ourselves for the future,” Ambrose told the board. “We are sharpening our edge and clarifying our voice, enabling us to work from a single page of commons objectives. Our goal is to go into FY 2012 with a fiscal model that traces not only how we spend our money, but our values and our mission.”
Walt Hicklin, president of the UCM Board of Governors, said the board believes UCM is “ahead of the curve” with regard to the amount of the work that must be done to create the FY2012 budget in light of the anticipated reduction in state funding.
“President Ambrose and the university community have done a great job,” he said. “The enthusiasm shown across the campus for the Dr. Ambrose’s strategic leadership is very gratifying, and the board is fully supportive of the ongoing effort.”