Enrollment Growth a Fiscal Plus for UCM
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 22, 2011) – The University of Central Missouri continues a positive trend toward spring enrollment growth with 11,323 students enrolled this semester. The spring 2011 enrollment figure represents the highest enrollment for spring semester in the history of UCM.
“This increase in spring semester enrollment is an indicator that UCM continues to provide quality educational opportunities for students seeking value for their education dollars,” said Richard Sluder, associate provost for enrollment management. “However, we won’t take that vote of confidence for granted. UCM will strive to seek new and innovative methods of developing the level of quality in our academic programs while maintaining our reputation as an affordable educational experience.”
The higher enrollment has generated an increase in funding derived from student tuition, which has allowed the university to enter Fiscal Year 2012 with a surplus of $1.5 million over the FY2011 budget projections. The surplus is a significant factor in the university’s ongoing efforts to maximize fiscal responsibility in the FY 2012 budget through a strategic resource allocation model that has been implemented on the UCM campus since fall 2010.
As another key element is the university’s efforts toward fiscal responsibility, the UCM Board of Governors will consider a recommendation by UCM President Charles Ambrose for a 4.2 percent increase in tuition for resident undergraduate students, effective fall semester 2011. The board will consider the tuition increase during its plenary session Feb. 24.
“The University of Central Missouri leadership is taking a careful look at the revenues available for the FY 2012 budget,” Ambrose said. “In accordance with Gov. Jay Nixon’s objective of providing affordable higher education for students in Missouri, we are making every effort to hold UCM’s tuition increase at a level we believe will be among the most reasonable for state-supported higher education institutions in Missouri. We continue to be committed to making higher education accessible and affordable.”
The strategic resource allocation model also provided direction for the proposed reorganization of UCM’s academic colleges and departments, which will result in significant savings while offering a more efficient use of university personnel and resources. The reorganization proposal also will be presented to the Board of Governors during its Feb. 24 plenary session.
“The academic reorganization will allow UCM to increase the quality of programs that have made UCM a national leader in a variety of academic areas,” Ambrose said. “We are striving to do more with less, better, and the campus community has come together in a strategic effort.”
A review of the university’s administrative structure is planned for spring 2011. The strategic resource allocation model will be applied to the reorganization with the same goal in mind—assuring that quality programs are delivered to UCM student in the most cost effective means possible.
Sen. David Pearce, who represents Missouri’s 31st District, which includes UCM, sees UCM emerging as a leader in the state of Missouri with its strategic response to the state’s need to reduce the cost of higher education in a tight budget year.
“All of Missouri’s higher education institutions are taking responsibility for a positive approach toward reducing expenditures,” Pearce said. “UCM has taken the lead in this effort, and I very much appreciate that.”