Committee Members
Dr. Charlie Gagen
Dr. Shelia Jackson
Phil Jacobs
David Moseley
Dr. David Underwood
Dr. Kevin Mason

Planning Assumptions

1. Enrollment Management

  1. Expected pressure for slight growth on the Russellville campus.

  2. Ozark Campus enrollment will grow from 570 today to 1,200 by 2011.

  3. On campus housing will grow to 40% of total undergraduate enrollment on the Russellville campus by academic year 2009.

  4. Increased competition for students

  5. Increased emphasis on student retention and graduation rates

  6. Increased demand for need based funding opportunities for students

  7. More Hispanic, international and adult enrollment

  8. The academic student profile will increase somewhat

2. Resources and Facilities

  1. Expect state funding to remain unpredictable

  2. Deferred maintenance on campus is $138,000,000 of which $8,296,400 is considered critical.  There will not be adequate funding to address these issues.

  3. External funding will be available but will not be sufficient to adequately supplement the needs of the base operating budget.

  4. More demand for additional classrooms, office space, and housing

  5. More demand for classroom and laboratory technology

3. Curriculum and Instruction

  1. The number of full-time faculty and staff will need to increase to meet the increasing enrollment demands.

  2. Reliance on non-tenured adjunct faculty will continue to be necessary in order to meet teaching needs within available funding.

  3. More demand for electronic delivery of courses and upgrade of distance learning technology

  4. More demand for courses and programs (graduate, online and concurrent)

  5. More demand for college graduates in certain professions, e.g. public education, health care

  6. More demand for academic resources

  7. More demand for assurance of learning

  8. Continuation of in-service professional development

  9. More demand for creative and effective use of resources

4. Administration and Institution

  1. The University‚Äôs role in supporting the regional economy will remain high.

  2. Pressure for accreditations of all eligible programs will continue.

  3. Recurring/More demands for current information technology systems

  4. More demand for external funding that will contribute to the endowment and the operating budget

  5. Increased demand for accountability

  6. Increased demand for university visibility

  7. Increased demand for administrative accessibility