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1 1 Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education

2 2 Board of Governors for Higher Education Each state has a structure that governs and coordinates the system of public higher education. Rhode Islands structure is highly efficient for a state of its size and complexity.

3 3 Rhode Island System of Public Higher Education Who Are We? Created by Education Act of 1981 Created by Education Act of 1981 Governing Board for Public Higher Education in Rhode Island Governing Board for Public Higher Education in Rhode Island Separate Legal Entity (Quasi-Public Agency) Separate Legal Entity (Quasi-Public Agency) Accountable for Providing Access, Academic Quality and Sound Fiscal Management Accountable for Providing Access, Academic Quality and Sound Fiscal Management

4 4 Rhode Island System of Public Higher Education Who Are We? Board of Governors for Higher Education Board of Governors for Higher Education Office of Higher Education Office of Higher Education Three Institutions of Higher Education Three Institutions of Higher Education –Community College of Rhode Island –Rhode Island College –University of Rhode Island

5 5 Board of Governors for Higher Education Who Are We? Membership Membership –12 Public Members Appointed by the Governor - Limited to 3 Terms (staggered) of 3 Years –1 Student Limited to 1 Term of 2 Years; Rotated Among 3 Institutions –2 Legislators

6 6 Office of Higher Education Who Are We? 21 Professional and Support Personnel Providing Staff Support to the Board of Governors 21 Professional and Support Personnel Providing Staff Support to the Board of Governors –Academic and Student Affairs –Commissioners Office –External Relations –Finance and Management –Legal/Labor Relations

7 7 Three Institutions With Unique Missions Who Are We? URI University of Rhode Island University of Rhode Island –Research University –Several Renowned Scholars and Professionals –Nationally Ranked Oceanography Program –Student Body from all 50 States and Several Foreign Countries

8 8 Three Institutions With Unique Missions Who Are We? RIC Rhode Island College Rhode Island College –Four-Year Comprehensive Teaching Institution –Nationally Accredited Education and Social Work Programs –Largest Teacher Preparation Program in the State –90% of Student Body are RI Residents

9 9 Three Institutions With Unique Missions Who Are We? CCRI Community College of Rhode Island Community College of Rhode Island –New Englands Largest Two-Year Institution –99% of Student Body are RI Residents –Transfer and Career Programs –Job Training and Workforce Development –Community Outreach Programs –Developmental Education

10 10 Board and Governors and Office of Higher Education What Do We Do? Develop Vision for Public Higher Education in Rhode Island Develop Vision for Public Higher Education in Rhode Island –Exercise Leadership –Coordinate –Regulate –Ensure Quality –Ensure Accountability –Promote Economic Development

11 11 Board and Governors and Office of Higher Education What Do We Do? Exercise Leadership Exercise Leadership –Improve Rhode Island Educational Attainment* to that of Lead States by 2015 through: »Preparation »Participation »Quality Workforce »Economic Development *Current Rank – 18 th in the Nation and 5 th in New England

12 12 Office of Higher Education What Do We Do? Coordinate Coordinate –Enhance Access through Transfer/Articulation –Manage Programmatic Duplication –Oversee the Implementation of Technology System wide –Collaborate Closely with State System of K-12

13 13 Office of Higher Education What Do We Do? Regulate Regulate »Oversee Proprietary Schools »Provide Consumer Protection »Ensure Financial Integrity »Approve Academic Degree Programs Rhode Island Public Higher Education Institutions Rhode Island Public Higher Education Institutions Some Independent Institutions Some Independent Institutions

14 14 Office of Higher Education What Do We Do? Provide Quality Assurance Provide Quality Assurance –Set High Academic Standards for: »Students »Institutions »Programs of Study –Establish Clear Ways to Measure Performance –Promote Student Learning and Success –Improve Teacher Preparation –Promote PK-16 Alignment

15 15 Office of Higher Education What Do We Do? Ensure Accountability Ensure Accountability –Establish and Monitor Performance Indicators –Produce One Budget for Public Higher Education –Allocate State Appropriations to Three Institutions –Conduct Performance and Internal Audits –Develop and Monitor Capital Spending Plans –Oversee Major Capital Projects – Including Debt Management –Operate Efficiently and Responsibly within State Budget Allocation –Never Seek Supplemental Appropriations

16 16 Office of Higher Education What Do We Do? Promote Economic Development Promote Economic Development –Encourage Campus Entrepreneurship –Conduct Workforce Training –Use University Research to Create New Businesses and Industries for the State

17 17 Scope of Economic Impact Considerable Return on Investment Considerable Return on Investment –FY 2004 State Appropriation - $172.1M –Total System Budget - $596.7M 37,160 Students Enrolled in the System 37,160 Students Enrolled in the System –31,561 In-State Students –5,599 Out-of-State and International Students 3,859 Professional and Support Personnel 3,859 Professional and Support Personnel Economic Impact Projected at Over a Billion Dollars Annually Economic Impact Projected at Over a Billion Dollars Annually

18 18 Auxiliary Enterprises Economic Impact Manage Large Businesses Manage Large Businesses –Dining Services –Housing –Bookstore –Health Services –Student Union Total Budget of $64.0M Total Budget of $64.0M Funded by Student Fees – By Statute Funded by Student Fees – By Statute No State Funds Can Support Auxiliary Operations No State Funds Can Support Auxiliary Operations

19 19 Research Economic Impact Federal, State and Non-Profit Dollars Contribute Significantly to Local Economy Federal, State and Non-Profit Dollars Contribute Significantly to Local Economy $71.2M in Research Funds $71.2M in Research Funds Most Projects are Self-Supporting Most Projects are Self-Supporting

20 20 Benefits of Higher Education College Graduates College Graduates –Higher Incomes »Contribute More to State Revenue –Higher Employment Rate –Increased Participation in Democratic Process –Higher Standard of Living –More Civically Engaged –More Involved in their Childrens Education

21 21 Challenges and Opportunities Budget Budget –Trends/Rankings – State Appropriation »RI Ranks 44 th Nationally in Terms of Per Capita State Appropriations for Higher Education (RIPEC) –FY 2004 Appropriation is $2.7M More than FY 2003 but $2.4M Less than FY $152.1$162.8$174.5$169.4$172.1

22 22 Challenges and Opportunities Flexibility with Accountability Flexibility with Accountability –Relief from FTE Cap –Promote Entrepreneurship Through an Ethics Carve-Out Bill CCRI Newport CCRI Newport –Outreach to Aquidneck Island and East Bay –New Facility Requires Additional Faculty and Staff

23 23 Major Challenge How to Remain Accessible and Affordable in the Face of Declining State Support

24 24 Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education


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