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2010 wcet 091710


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2010 wcet 091710

  1. 1. Creating Opportunities in a Challenging Economy: Strategic Approaches of Three e-Learning Institutions <br />Panel:<br />Alexandra M. Pickett, Associate Director, SUNY Learning Network, State University of New York<br />Shari Smith, Associate Director, Center for Online Learning, Research and Service, University of Illinois at Springfield<br />Pete Rubba, Director of Academic Affairs for Graduate Programs, Penn State World Campus <br />1<br />
  2. 2. Moderator<br />Scott Woods<br />RegionalDirector of Academic Affairs <br />University of Phoenix<br />2<br />
  3. 3. Overview<br />The continuing financial recession, the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression, has impacted all segments of the U.S. economy, including higher education and University-based e-Learning enterprises.<br />We will discuss economic challenges three long-standing and highly successful university-based e-learning enterprises have faced and share strategic approaches that have been implemented to mediate those challenges:<br />SUNY Learning Network<br />University of Illinois at Springfield<br />Penn State World Campus<br />These profiles will be about 15 minutes each followed by an opportunity for a few quick clarifying questions.<br />Following the profiles, there will be time for questions of the panel and sharing by audience members.<br />3<br />
  4. 4. SUNY Learning Network<br />Alexandra M. Pickett<br />Associate Director <br />SUNY Learning Network<br />State University of New York<br />4<br />
  5. 5. UNDER CONSTRUCTION<br />5<br />
  6. 6. Quick Questions For<br />Alexandra M. Pickett<br />6<br />
  7. 7. University of Illinois at Springfield Online<br />Shari McCurdy Smith<br />AssociateDirector, Center for Online Learning Research and Service, Director, New Century Learning Consortium, University of Illinois at Springfield<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Background<br />University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) is the smallest campus of the U of I System.<br />17 Fully Online Degree Programs <br />Over 50% of our students take at least one online class.<br />Mainstreamed within the academic structure<br />More than 200 UIS faculty members teach online each year <br />8<br />
  9. 9. Pre-Recession<br />State of Illinois decreases financial support year after year. In 2008, funding had dropped by 17.9%<br />In 2004 University of Illinois System established guaranteed tuition. <br />Illinois’ Structural Deficit Between Expenditure and Revenue <br />20 yr underfunding of retirement systems <br />9<br />
  10. 10. U of I System<br />Administrative Review and Restructuring<br /> Regularity Relief Communications Human Resources<br /> IT<br /> Procurement<br /> Shared Services<br />Board Cuts Committees<br />10<br />
  11. 11. U of I 2009<br />Admission<br />Global Campus<br />Administration<br />11<br />
  12. 12. Initiatives<br />Continuing Education<br />Inverted Classroom<br />NCLC<br />Community Colleges<br />Blended Reduced Seat Time<br />Faculty Fellows<br />Research Center<br />12<br />
  13. 13. University of Illinois at Springfield Online<br />Quick Questions For<br />Shari Smith<br />13<br />
  14. 14. World Campus<br />Pete Rubba<br />Director of Academic Affairs for Graduate Programs, Penn State World Campus<br /><br />14<br />
  15. 15. Penn State Background<br />Penn State is a multi-campus public research university <br />Main campus, administrative, & research hub at University Park<br />23 other campuses including the World Campus (online/distance)<br />Penn State is one of four “state-related” universities (along with the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, and Lincoln University), institutions that are not state-owned and -operated but that have the character of public universities and receive state appropriations. <br />Penn State receives approximately 8% of its overall $4B operating budget from the state; therefore it is increasingly become dependent upon tuition<br />15<br />
  16. 16. Penn State Outreach is administrative unit within Penn State system that provides centralized focuses on non-traditional learners (adult, youth, military, etc.)<br />World Campus is a unit within Penn State Outreach that works with Penn State academic units to deliver undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs online and at a distance.<br />World Campus evolved out of a long distance education history (110 years), opening online in Spring 1998 <br />16<br /> World Campus Background<br />
  17. 17. Economic Constraints<br />University predicts flat or reduced State Support for extended period in face economic downturn and lagging revenue collections<br />Penn State facing other significant cost increases, including:<br />Energy costs -- impending deregulation<br />State pension funding obligations<br />Increasing health care costs<br />Limits to tuition increases<br />17<br />
  18. 18. Penn State Response<br />Freeze faculty and staff salaries for one year (2009-10)<br />Continue annual permanent funds recycling program that has recycled and re-allocated $173M since its inception in 1992-93<br />University examines ALL academic and support services; Core Council chaired by Provost with 3 major subcommittees<br />University Park Coordinating Committee<br />Campus Coordinating Committee<br />Administrative Services Coordinating Committee<br />Penn State Strategic Plan emphasizes strategic importance of World Campus as source of new revenue<br />18<br />
  19. 19. World Campus Response<br />Enrollment goals doubled<br />World Campus Academic Revenue Sharing Policy is examined for possible enhancements by University Committee<br />Impact of Summer enrollment shift to World Campus examined by University<br />World Campus joins Continuing Education forming Academic Outreach to facilitate collaboration on credit blended adult learner oriented programs<br />19<br />
  20. 20. Continuing World Campus Challenges<br /><ul><li>Technical infrastructure enhancement implementation
  21. 21. Coordination with University central services
  22. 22. Traditional academic unit priorities</li></ul>Carrying capacity<br />Internal focus<br /><ul><li>Scalability Growth</li></ul>20<br />
  23. 23. Quick Questions For<br />Pete Rubba<br /><br />21<br />
  24. 24. Questions for panel?<br />Sharing by audience.<br />22<br />
  25. 25. Please complete and submit the <br />session evaluation form<br />Thank You and <br />Enjoy the rest of WCET<br />Alex Pickett<br />Shari McCurdy<br />Pete Rubba<br />23<br />