COLUMBUS, OH, Sept. 20, 2012 – An advisory committee tasked with finding ways that Ohio’s public colleges and universities can share services, operate more efficiently and save money had its first meeting today.
The efficiency advisory committee, established by the Ohio legislature and coordinated by Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro, convened to discuss ways to generate optimal efficiency plans for campuses while identifying shared service opportunities and best practices. The committee, which will meet at least quarterly, also will attempt to reduce the cost of textbooks and other education resource materials.
Each state institution of higher education has designated an employee to serve on the 40-member committee. Representatives include provosts, chief financial officers, vice presidents and government relations officials, among others.
The committee meeting marked the third time in recent history that Ohio’s colleges and universities have collaborated on making the best use of state resources. Earlier this year, universities worked together on a comprehensive capital bill, and last week, Gov. John Kasich provided the opportunity for colleges and universities to decide how state funding for higher education will be leveraged among the universities in the next budget.
During today’s meeting, the committee heard from Randy Cole, controlling board president and policy advisor for the State of Ohio Office of Budget and Management, who discussed the Beyond Boundaries action plan developed earlier this year for Ohio’s schools and local governments by the Governor’s Office of 21st Century Education and the Office of Budget and Management. Paul Kobulnicky, from the office of finance and administration at Youngstown State University, also spoke and addressed ways that the university has shared services with other schools in the region.
A copy of the Beyond Boundaries report can be viewed online at http://www.beyondboundaries.ohio.gov/documents/Beyond%20Boundaries-6.14.12released.pdf.
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