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Editor's Note

Point of Pride

University Business, Nov 2011

As we get ready to start the third year of our Models of Efficiency program, I want to take a moment to point with pride to the program’s success. Models of Efficiency is a national recognition program for those campus departments that have found ways to streamline operations, save money, and improve constituent satisfaction. That was the challenge we set forth when Models of Efficiency was first announced, and those solutions are just as important, if not more so, today.

The program is gaining recognition and notoriety in the higher education industry. When the first honorees were announced back in 2010, there were a few mentions in campus newsletters. But as word spread, the honorees and their stories  began to be picked up by regional and national mainstream media outlets. Models of Efficiency has proven to be a program with wide-ranging impact.

In the first year, administrators had a lot of questions about the program and who we planned to honor. As each honoree profile was published, interest from other colleges and universities grew. Readers saw how a department at one institution solved a problem similar to their own and were eager to replicate that solution at their own school.

As each honoree profile was published, interest from other colleges and universities grew.

That resulted in more inquiries about the program and how to apply (Click here for complete details). Last year, I’m happy to report, the number of applications increased by more than 30 percent. To date, we have recognized 47 campus departments as models of efficiencies, although nearly 200 have applied. Those that aren’t chosen usually fall short by not providing tracking data to show that the solution is, in fact, successful, sustainable, and reproducible. We make it a point to explain to those entrants where their applications were lacking and encourage them to try again.  

Next year, we’ll be expanding our coverage with a quarterly newsletter that goes into more detail about the departments that were chosen and the people involved in finding solutions.

We hope you’ll be inspired by the profiles of the fall 2011 honorees in this issue, and that you will encourage departments in your institution to apply to the Models of Efficiency program.

Education Gateways

Also in this issue of University Business, you’ll find the premier edition of our new Education Gateways publication, which will be published quarterly next year. Community colleges face many of the same challenges as four-year institutions, but often magnified many times over. Education Gateways will concentrate on these particular challenges as well the opportunities of our nation’s two-year higher education institutions with news, articles, and helpful resources. We hope you enjoy the preview, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions for future editions.