Issues Challenging Dental Schools Increased costs Reduced government support Faculty recruitment & retention Increasing diversity Aging facilities & equipment
LSUHSC School of Dentistry Funding FY 2009 52% State of Louisiana 1% fees 19% student clinics 13% state grants and contracts 14% federal grants and contracts 1% interest income
Reduced Government Support In FY 2009, 15% budget cut & future cuts expected; Funds sustain only basic operations; Increased clinic income, federal funding & private support a must.
LSUSD Cost to Educate One DDS In FY 2001: Mean - $83,154 LSUSD - $80,967 State Appropriation: Mean - $29,906 LSUSD - $42,990 In FY 2007: Mean - $108,416 LSUSD - $105,977 State Appropriation: Mean - $21,973 LSUSD - $25,477
LSU is still a Great Bargain In FY 2001(public): Mean - $11,565 LSU - $5,465 Private: Mean $29,579 In FY 2007(public): Mean - $20,301 LSU - $10,230 Private: Mean $41,945
Increasing Diversity Enrollment of minority students does not adequately represent the population; Most dental schools have poor record of enrolling/matriculating minority dental students.
Distribution of Race Among Professionally Active Dentists, 2006
Increasing Diversity (cont) Established Summer Enrichment Program for minority and disadvantaged students in 2008; Mission is to build diverse student body; Funded by private donations; Campaign to support and expand the program on the horizon.
Faculty Recruitment & Retention LSU requires quality, experienced faculty; Faculty salary levels often not competitive; Education and research opportunities for faculty necessary; Faculty practice opportunities must increase; LSUSD lost 30% of faculty following Katrina.
Research Facility Projects Approximately $670K in renovations: Core statistical office (Rm. 6333); Biomaterials research lab (Rm. 6335); Dept. of Oral & Craniofacial Research Labs (Rm. 8405); Two new sterilizers for labs (Rms. 8404 & 6311A); Four renovated cold rooms (walk-in coolers to store research/lab materials).
Funding for Completed Projects Federal Grant Dollars State Allocations
Future Renovations Student Wet Labs (Floors 2, 3 & 7) Funded by private contributions; Labs never renovated; Clean, asbestos free countertop space; Lathes and model trimmers replaced; Stone and water dispensers replacing old plaster bins.
New Annex Building Est. Completion 2012 FEMA to cover majority of cost; 1 st Floor – parking; 2 nd Floor – faculty practice & clinical research; 3 rd Floor – animal research facility electrical & mechanical guts housed in the new annex to protect from flooding.
Lab Modernization (cont.) Two labs planned; Phase 1: 79 simulation/bench top workstations with one instructor station; Phase 2: 79 bench tops equipped with audio/visual consoles to improve instruction with one instructor station; Each lab expanded for increased class size and CE participation.
Key Funding Priorities $3.5 million Lab Modernization Campaign Non-endowed Funds for Faculty & Student Development & Facility/Technology Upgrades Summer Enrichment Program Increase Endowments for Future Stability
Why Endowment Funds Income supports academics and research; Chairs & professorships receive a 40% match; Endowed fund balance has decreased 36.5%: from $10,443,205 to $6,640,611 (1 year); Strong endowment offsets budget cuts & strengthens programs.
Communication Email Communication is more cost efficient & timely than print; New LSUSD ENewsletter launched this summer; Email acquisition is key; Forward newsletter or share email addresses if appropriate.
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