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Contributed by Rachel Reuben on 11/29/2012
Posted on behalf of President Thomas Rochon
As you know, last summer IC retained Huron Education Consulting services in an Effectiveness and Affordability Review to identify ways of reducing administrative cost, finding opportunities for additional revenue, improving service, and promoting efficiencies across the college. Huron is now in the final stages of examining our organization in light of best practices and benchmark information against other institutions of our relative size and composition. In early January we will receive a final report from Huron detailing their recommendations.
We have developed a process by which campus feedback will be solicited regarding the recommendations. An abbreviated visual timeline can be viewed on the EAReview site.
Open House Feedback Session
The objective of this assembly of campus-wide feedback will be to thoroughly examine each recommendation in terms of pros and cons. We want to understand the implications of each recommendation as thoroughly as possible in order to identify the most promising recommendations for action.
IEBC Review and Prioritization Recommendations
Based on their review, the IEBC will submit a set of recommendations to me that comprises a potential plan for increasing effectiveness and affordability at Ithaca College in future years. I will in turn prepare an effectiveness and affordability recommendation to be made to the Board of Trustees for action at their May 2013 meeting.
Upon board approval I will share with the campus community what will surely be a multi-year program of increasing effectiveness, realizing new sources of revenue, and reducing costs so as to enhance affordability for our students. As I mentioned earlier this week, the core challenge before us requires us to increase the value of an IC education. We must increase our quality and at the same time substantially rein in the growth of cost in the years ahead. Our ability to arrive at difficult but intelligent decisions based on the Huron recommendations is an important part of our commitment to increased value.
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