Significant Areas of Discussion

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March

During the March meeting, HEF task force members worked to further develop an overall approach for developing funding requests.

Maintaining Quality and Opportunity

The "base" of the pyramid represents the highest priority. If the base is fully funded, additional monies may be used for strategic initiatives. If the base and at least one strategic initiative are fully funded, additional monies may be used for performance funding.

This component of funding requests will include the following, which are listed in order of priority:

Each of these components would be phased in over multiple years

Improving Quality and Opportunity, Expanding Service and Opportunity

Strategic Initiatives

Rewarding Quality & Results

Performance Funding

February

During the February HEF meeting, task force members created the graphic below to illustrate the forming investment strategies. Investment Strategies for Public Higher Education

Maintaining Quality and Opportunity

Improving Quality and Opportunity

Expanding Service and Opportunity

Rewarding Quality and Results

November - December - January

During the group's November and December meetings, HEF task force members continued enthusiastic discussion committed to the progress of key strategic initiatives that will ultimately, along with performance measures and adequacy safeguards, serve as the foundation for a new higher education funding policy.

The HEF-T technical advisory group met separately on January 4th to further develop draft funding strategies for each of the strategic areas identified by the task force and presented the following at the January 7 meeting of task force members. Components of the information below will be updated to adequately reflect group discussion and direction, then shared at the February 7 meeting.

Workforce Needs for Regional and Global Competitiveness: METS Initiative

What is METS?

The METS Initiative is a program designed to develop the critical mass of human talent needed to support strategic industries key to Missouris future regional and global competitiveness. The METS Initiative:

Why METS?
How does METS work?

Access To Success

What is Access to Success?

Access to Success is a strategic initiative to improve the participation and academic success of "at-risk students" attending Missouri's colleges and universities. The desired outcomes of this initiative are:

"At-risk" students are defined as those students with a lower chance of succeeding in colleges due to cultural, socio-economic, or academic background. For purpose of allocating Access to Success funds, an "at-risk" student is defined as any student whose personal or family income would be at or below the 40th percentile for the state, or a student with ACT/SAT sub-score(s) in mathematics, reading, and English (or an equivalent test) below college readiness benchmarks indicating a low probability of academic success without appropriate remediation.

Time to degree is defined as completion of an associate or baccalaureate degree program within the normal timeframe for a particular program, typically two years for an associates degree and four year for a baccalaureate degree.

Why Access to Success?
How does Access to Success work?

Promoting Economic Development and Fostering Vibrant Communities: Research and Service

What is the Research and Service Initiative?

The Research and Service Initiative is a program of targeted investments in basic and applied research and service activities that enhance the economic viability of the state and that address "real life" issues facing people and their communities. Desired outcomes include:

Why Research and Service Initiative?

The state's economic growth is directly linked to the amount of research and development spending in the state.

How does Research and Service Initiative work?

Teachers for the Future

What is Teachers for the Future?

The Teachers for the Future initiative is a program to improve K-12 student learning outcomes. The initiative seeks to accomplish this outcome by stimulating the development of teacher education programs of excellence at selected universities; in turn, these programs would become exemplars for other institutions and would offer lessons learned about best practices, thus improving the quality of teacher graduates produced by a broad range of universities. This program will:

Why Teachers for the Future?

A well-educated workforce and citizenry begins with having well-educated and trained teachers in the public school system. Without highly qualified teachers expertly trained in their subject matter field, the likelihood of improving the educational level and workforce readiness of future generations is questionable. According to a recent report from the Carnegie Corporation:

... recent research based upon thousands of pupil records in many different cities and states establishes beyond doubt that the quality of the teacher is the most important cause of pupil achievement. Excellent teachers can bring about remarkable increases in pupil learning even in the face of server economic or social disadvantage. Such new knowledge puts teacher education squarely at the focus of efforts to improve the intellectual capacity of school children in the United States. More than ever, the nation needs assurance that colleges and universities are educating prospective teachers of the highest quality possible.

In Missouri:

How does Teachers for the Future work?

Protecting Investments: Maintenance and Repair

What is Protecting Investments?

Protecting Investments is a strategic initiative to retain the value of the physical assets in public higher education and improve the teaching and learning environment for students, faculty, and staff at Missouri's colleges and universities.

Protecting Investments will also recognize that the provision and maintenance of up-to-date computer systems is a basic utility, nearly as important as power and water on today's college campus. With additional resources under this initiative, graduates will be better prepared to compete successfully in the 21st Century.

The desired outcomes of this initiative are:

Why Protecting Investments?
How does Protecting Investments work?

October

Following the October meeting the Task Forc'’s agenda has been focused on three areas: strategic initiatives, performance measures, and adequacy/equity. The November meeting was dedicated to strategic initiatives and the Task Force coalesced around four general areas as potential initiatives to be part of a new funding policy for higher education. The following initiatives were sent to the HEF-T group for operationalization:

  1. Economic Development - It was agreed that strategic initiatives under this heading could tie into the Workforce 2025 report and other statewide studies, encompass both applied and theoretical research, address entrepreneurship (including community or downtown revitalization), and address the need to improve the most basic of workforce skills.
  2. METS - Strategic initiatives in this area could focus on increased degree production at all levels, address the needs for better/increased teacher education in METS fields, and involve close collaboration with the K-12 system, especially in terms of generating interest and preparation for METS fields among younger students. There could be additional costs associated with attracting, supporting, and expanding institutional capacity in these fields.

  3. Access and Success for At-Risk Students - The Task Force is interested in building an initiative around the need to improve and expand the services provided to underserved minorities, adult learners, those with marginal academic preparation, and other students who often require costly support services to successfully participate in higher education.

  4. Missouri's Health Care Needs/Evolving Market Needs - The Task Force discussed this area on a variety of levels. Primarily, all agree that the Preparing to Care initiative is very important and is the top strategic initiative currently proposed by the higher education community. If unfunded in FY 2009, Preparing to Care would likely remain a prominent strategic initiative for FY 2010. Yet, owing to the possibility that it may be addressed in FY 2009, the Task Force discussed several other angles that may encompass evolving social issues that higher education has a role in addressing. These include additional health care provider needs beyond or in addition to those in Preparing to Care. There may also be other acute areas of need in Missouri related to gerontology and services for the elderly that may be addressed through an investment in higher education.