Commissioner's FY14 Wrap-Up

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Recap of Fiscal Year 2014 at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, including data on enrollment, financial aid disbursed, grants awarded, and progress on the Vision Project, the strategic agenda for public higher education in Massachusetts. Presented by Commissioner Richard M. Freeland to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education on June 17, 2014.

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  • Dropped five-year trend data points on Degrees & Certificates Awarded (seemed too cluttered and confusing with them included); they were:
    Average annual increase since 2009 – Community Colleges – +5.3%
    Average annual increase since 2009 – State Universities– +3.2%
  • Clantha recommends omitting CIG data; #s are still very much in flux
  • Re: certificates: We don’t have a precise FY13 number on hand, but there was a substantial increase this year.
  • Improving Teacher Quality:
    DHE has administered federal ITQ funds for a long time. This is the first time the funds were focused on early education. 
    ITQ Funds must be used to increase child learning outcomes, increase educator and principal content knowledge, increase educator and principal pedagogical knowledge, and improve effectiveness in educator and principal practice.
    Grantees will increase alignment across sectors in educator preparation and professional development and within the communities served by their educator preparation programs.
    Campus-level Core to College grants support such activities as:
    Accuplacer assessment at local high schools and then early intervention programs
    Mtgs of area K-12 Guidance Counselors and college admissions, registers and placement staff
    PARCC 101 and Common Core 101 on campuses and within regions for area faculty and staff
    Campus and regional follow up to Educator Prep mtg to focus on Common Core and educator placements
  • Commissioner's FY14 Wrap-Up

    1. 1. Board of Higher Education Meeting | June 17, 2014
    2. 2. Commissioner’s FY14 Wrap-Up  The Big Picture Overview of 2013–14  Developmental Priorities BHE-Approved Goals  Other BHE/DHE Activities Summary of Presentation
    3. 3. Overview of 2013–14
    4. 4. The Big Picture: Overview of 2013-14  Enrollments  FY14 total figures not yet available; generally +30% from fall  Fall 2013 Community Colleges = 99,786 (-1% from fall 2012)  Fall 2013 State Universities = 51,951 (-0.3% from fall 2012)  Degrees & Certificates Awarded  FY14 figures not yet available; some growth from FY13 anticipated due to substantial enrollment increases over 2007–2010  FY13 Community Colleges = 13,701 (+3% from FY12)  FY13 State Universities = 10,867 (+2% from FY12) Students
    5. 5. The Big Picture: Overview of 2013–14  State Financial Aid Awarded  FY14 State Scholarships = 80,000 recipients: $95 million (+2% from FY13) ▪ Includes FY14 MASSGrant Awards = 53,000 recipients: $39 million (+8% from FY13)  FY14 High-Demand Scholarships = 800 recipients: $580,000 (-75% from FY13)  FY14 Completion Incentive Grants: BHE will hear report in fall 2014 Financial Aid
    6. 6. The Big Picture: Overview of 2013-14  New Degree Programs Approved by BHE  20 new public programs  51 new MA independent/out-of-state programs  Total = 71 programs (+8% since FY13; +58% since FY12)  New Certificate Programs Approved by DHE Staff  35 new public programs w/ 30+ credits Degree Programs
    7. 7. The Big Picture: Overview of 2013-14  Major new building on every campus— goal achieved with FY14 initiation of projects  2008 Bond Bill  18 projects completed or under construction in AY14 (+10 from last year)  8 projects in design or study (-9 from last year)  Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA)  16 projects (new buildings or renovations) completed (+3 from last year) Capital Projects
    8. 8. The Big Picture: Overview of 2013-14  Performance Incentive Fund  New grants = 10 individual campus grants + 6 consortia grants  Continuation grants = 45 campus grants + 2 system-wide grants  Total awarded in FY14 = $7.5 million  Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program  25 participating campuses: $750,000  2,306 enrollments supported in full or in part (+18% from FY13) Grants Awarded
    9. 9. The Big Picture: Overview of 2013-14  Bridges to College—new; supports adult college transition services  3 campuses: $250,000  College Access Challenge Grant  Awarded in FY13; used in FY14 = 10 partnership projects: $1.6 million (+23% from FY12)  Awarded in FY14; to be used in FY15 = 8 partnership projects: $835,500 (-43% from FY13) Grants Awarded (cont'd)
    10. 10. The Big Picture: Overview of 2013-14  ImprovingTeacher Quality—Currently supports professional development for early educators to close achievement gaps for children  Awarded in FY14 to be used in FY14–16 = 6 partnership projects: $1.6 million  Core to College—Supports P–16 engagement at campus and regional levels  Awarded in calendar year 2014 = 23 public campuses: $46,000 (level w/CY13) 6 Regional Readiness Centers: $36,000 (level w/CY13)  Also statewide convening on new curriculum standards for MA educator preparation programs in May 2014 Grants Awarded (cont'd)
    11. 11. The Big Picture: Overview of 2013-14  Workforce Development—STEM  STEM Starter Academy—new; supports increasing STEM student recruiting, retention, and completion ▪ 15 community colleges: $4.75 million  STEM @Scale Phase III Grants ▪ New grants = 5 programs: $300,000 ▪ Continuation grants = 2 programs: $110,000  STEM Regional Networks ▪ $320,000 to 8 networks, including new MetroNorth (per-network funding level w/FY13) ▪ Add’l $20,000 to largest region (Southeast) in preparation to divide into two networks Grants Awarded (cont'd)
    12. 12. The Big Picture: Overview of 2013-14  Workforce Development—Other  Nursing Education Redesign = ▪ 6 projects: $244,000 (+25% from FY13)  Rapid Response Fund—Supports workforce training grants ▪ 10 community colleges: $460,000 (-31% from FY13) Grants Awarded (cont'd)
    13. 13.  Second Vision Project Annual Report  Within Our Sights Report and Twitter campaign  Boston Foundation launch event  Lead editorial support from Boston Globe The Big Picture: Overview of 2013-14 Public Communications
    14. 14. The Big Picture: Overview of 2013-14  Media Coverage  News Stories, Op-Eds, Editorials = 110 (+11% from FY13)  Change Magazine (June 2014): Major national story onVision Project work in Student Learning  Social Media & Email Marketing  Twitter = 2,010 followers (+65% since June 2013)  DHE News Clips and DHE Forward = 1,423 unduplicated subscribers (+11% since June 2013)  Events  48 DHE events includingVision Project Conference, Student Leadership Retreat, Herter Scholarship Ceremony, 29Who Shine  6 Go Public events reaching 2,000 HS students, STEM Summit, Mass. School Counselors Association Public Communications
    15. 15. BHE-Approved Goals
    16. 16. Developmental Priorities: BHE-Approved Goals 1. Regain Momentum on All Aspects of Vision ProjectWork 2. Initiate Next Phase ofVision Project: The Role of Strategic Planning 3. Advance Collaboration & Efficiency Initiatives 4. Institutionalize Governance Changes of 2012–13 5. Resolve Pending Issues Related to DHE’s Regulatory Role 6. Continue Strengthening of DHE Organization 7. Enhance DHE’s Advocacy Role BHE Approved Goals: 2013–14
    17. 17. Developmental Priorities: BHE-Approved Goals 1. Regain Momentum on All Aspects ofVision ProjectWork  Vision Project Conference and Follow-Up  Achievement gaps  Campus-Level Data  Distribution of reports to presidents/boards  BHE Engagement  Three campus presentations
    18. 18. Developmental Priorities: BHE-Approved Goals 1. Regain Momentum on All Aspects ofVision ProjectWork (cont’d)  College Participation  Teacher education  Participation gaps for minority students  College Completion  Developmental math  Common course numbering/course equivalencies  Student Learning  Regionalization/expansion of AMCOA activities  Consolidation/funding of Multi-State Collaborative
    19. 19. Developmental Priorities: BHE-Approved Goals 1. Regain Momentum on All Aspects ofVision ProjectWork (cont’d)  Workforce Alignment  Strategic planning in Health Care (Nursing, Allied Health) and IT/Technology  STEM Plan 2.0 and follow-up  STEM Starter Academy  Workforce research: Market needs, employment outcomes  Guided Pathways to Success  Preparing Citizens  Civic Learning Policy
    20. 20. Developmental Priorities: BHE-Approved Goals 2. Initiate Next Phase ofVP: The Role of Strategic Planning  System-wide Planning  Enrollment/graduate projections and workforce needs  Summer enrollment planning group  Campus-level Planning  Process for BHE review/approval of campus plans  Initial identification of campuses
    21. 21. Developmental Priorities: BHE-Approved Goals 3. Advance Collaboration & Efficiency Initiatives  IT Initiative (Berry Dunn Report)  BHE endorsement  Implementation planning by PACE Board  Centralized procurement office  Energy Initiative  Cybersecurity Initiative
    22. 22. Developmental Priorities: BHE-Approved Goals 4. Institutionalize Governance Changes of 2012–13  Office ofTrustee Relations  Establishment of Advisory Committee of Chairs  Participation in campus board meetings  First annual trustee conference  Newsletter, webinars, briefing sessions, online trustee resources  Support for recruitment, orientation of new trustees
    23. 23. Developmental Priorities: BHE-Approved Goals 4. Institutionalize Governance Changes of 2012–13 (cont’d)  Guidelines for Presidential Searches  Utilized in 7 searches (4 completed, 3 current)  Guidelines for Presidential Evaluations  Implemented for AY12–13 evaluations (fall 2013)  Attention to BHE priorities (Vision Project, PACE)  BHE Self-Assessment  Association of Governing Boards (AGB) retreat
    24. 24. Developmental Priorities: BHE-Approved Goals 5.Resolve Pending Issues Related to DHE’s Regulatory Role  Task Force on For-Profit Institutions and Online Learning  Phase One completed: 2 reports  State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) discussions  Revisions in Policy Regarding Non-profit Institutions  Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (AICUM) legislation
    25. 25. Developmental Priorities: BHE-Approved Goals 6. Continue Strengthening of DHE Organization  Academic Affairs  New staff ▪ P-16 Relations ▪ Strategic Planning/CampusWork onVision Project ▪ Learning Outcomes Assessment (2) ▪ Institutional Research (2)  Strategic plan for the unit
    26. 26. Developmental Priorities: BHE-Approved Goals 6. Continue Strengthening of DHE Organization (cont’d)  Administration and Finance  New staff: ▪ Employee Relations ▪ Grants and Contracts ▪ Human Resources  Revision of procedures for financial management and internal control  General Counsel  New staff supporting both General Counsel and Trustee Relations
    27. 27. Developmental Priorities: BHE-Approved Goals  Enhanced Outreach to Legislature  25 in-person meetings, 5 hearings  2 rounds of letters to legislators re: grants within districts  Media Outreach  4 op-eds (reprinted in 10 papers)  Media availability—Commissioner quoted 30 times 7. Enhance DHE’s Advocacy Role
    28. 28. Developmental Priorities: BHE-Approved Goals  Speeches/Presentations   7 business/civic/labor presentations  3 editorial board meetings        Outreach to Campuses  19 meetings with campus boards and administrative leaders  2 system-wide conference calls with trustees/presidents on  FY15 budget 7. Enhance DHE’s Advocacy Role (cont’d)
    29. 29. Other BHE/DHE Activities  Funding Formulas  CCs: Ongoing discussions during year; no changes for FY15  SUs: Charge to develop in Governor & House budgets  Board Policy on Naming Buildings  Draft reviewed by FAAP, circulated to campuses  Criteria for Approving CC Residence Halls  BHE action in October  Higher Education Finance Commission  Active Commissioner/DHE role  Recommendations in draft form From BHE Priorities
    30. 30. Other BHE/DHE Activities  Westfield State University Situation  Collective Bargaining  Division of Continuing Education (DCE) agreement signed ▪ Involves community colleges, MCCC, MTA, NEA  Association of Professional Administrators (APA)  agreement expected in FY14  ▪ Involves state universities, MTA, NEA  Others in progress  Implementation of ORP Legislation  Re: Allowing Optional Retirement Program (ORP)  participants into MA State Employee Retirement System Additional Areas
    31. 31. Thank You Board of Higher Education Members Presidents, Trustees, Faculty, and Campus Staff Department of Higher Education Staff and Partners in All of Our Work For a Year of Many Worthy Accomplishments Enjoy the Summer…

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