Monday, September 24, 2018

President Eighmy announces strategic initiatives to study Tuition and Fees and Weighted Student Credit Hours

President Eighmy announces strategic initiatives to study Tuition and Fees and Weighted Student Credit Hours

(Oct. 24, 2017) -- On the heels of the launch of the President’s Initiative on Finance and Budget Modeling, UTSA President Taylor Eighmy today announced the Strategic Initiative on Tuition and Fees and the Strategic Initiative on Weighted Student Credit Hour (WSCH) Optimization. The strategic initiatives will further advance UTSA’s institutional sustainability and fiscal health, despite reduced funding for public higher education, inflation and increased operating costs.

Eighmy today appointed a 34-member Tuition and Fees Committee to explore all avenues related to UTSA’s tuition structure, including innovative models such as differential tuition and guaranteed-rate plans. Additionally, the committee will examine the market forces that influence the university’s competitiveness and how UTSA compares to its peer institutions in San Antonio and in Texas. 

Following the guidelines laid out by the University of Texas System regarding transparency, the committee will seek input from UTSA’s internal and external stakeholders.

>>The Tuition and Fees Committee will host an open forum from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on November 13 in the University Center Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02).

Committee members will carefully weigh the input received during the November 6 open forum with other factors to determining tuition rates that will best help UTSA meet its goals.

“As our primary sources of revenue, tuition and fees enable us to provide our students with outstanding academic experiences. Our aspiration to be an exemplary urban-serving university and multicultural discovery enterprise depend on sufficient revenue streams. However, any proposed tuition increase needs careful consideration within the context of affordability and access. We must balance the ability to fund our student success and faculty hiring initiatives with potential impact on students’ ability to attend UTSA,” said Eighmy.

Eighmy also appointed a 16-member WSCH Optimization Committee to explore, develop and recommend strategies to maximize WSCH production at UTSA. The committee will examine approaches to optimize course enrollments and look at other nuances influencing the formula, such as ensuring UTSA courses are properly coded to reflect their content.

Much of our support from the state of Texas during each budget biennium comes from formula funding,” said Eighmy. “Our share of the formula funding pie is relative to other academic institutions and comes from our fraction of weighted student credit hour production during a specified counting year.”

Next summer marks the beginning of the base year in which UTSA student credit hours will be counted, driving the immediacy of the WSCH Optimization Committee’s work.

Both of the strategic initiatives announced today will be co-chaired by Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Mauli Agrawal and Vice President for Business Affairs Kathy Funk-Baxter, who have leadership roles in all three President’s Initiatives. The work of both committees will align closely with Eighmy’s Strategic Enrollment and Student Success Initiatives.

Learn more about the Tuition and Fees Committee and WSCH Optimization Committee, including a complete list of committee members, their charges and timelines. 

Learn more about the President’s Initiative on Student Success.

Learn more about the President’s Initiative on Strategic Enrollment.

Learn more about the President's Initative on Finance & Budget Modeling.

Read the October 3 email President Eighmy sent to the UTSA community about his vision for the future.

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