October 11, 2007


PURPOSES: To review discussion that took place in October 10 meetings regarding the case statement and supporting facts, reach consensus on guiding principles, review the funding framework options discussed by the Task Force.

  1. Discussion of October 10 meetings and Case Statement
    COPHE has started reviewing the case statement/data. The Task Force will receive an update on the status of this work and summarize October 10 discussions. The goal of the Chair is to adopt a case statement as a foundation for forward movement.
  1. Guiding Principles or Attributes (Attachment A)
    Based on previous Task Force discussions, guiding principles have been written and are contained in Attachment A. The Task Force is asked to discuss and reach consensus on these principles.
  1. Review of Conceptual Framework (Attachment B)
    The Task Force has discussed various strategies for a funding framework as noted in Attachment B. What suggestions do Task Force members have for modifications, changes or additions to the framework?
  1. Strategies for Meetings with Constituencies
    At the September meeting, the Task Force discussed that the following framework for meeting with constituencies. Are there additional changes that are needed?

The major constituent groups include:

  • Key legislators and the Governor’s staff
  • Other legislators
  • The general public
  • The Missouri Chamber - focus
    • State
    • Local
  • Institutional Stakeholders
  • MO Farm Bureau

Some major ways of communicating with these constituents include:

  • road shows with business and industry
  • Quick Facts to hand out
  • student involvement
    • locally
    • state-wide
  1. Next Steps
    The next meeting is November 14 in Jefferson City

Attachment A



Responsiveness to State and Community Needs. The funding policies should be designed to be responsive to the Missouri’s needs for a highly-educated workforce in a thriving 21st century economy.

Explicit Funding Request. Requests for additional funds should be explicit so that political leaders know what they are “buying.”

Connection to Statewide Plan. The funding policies should address priorities that are identified in the statewide plan for higher education and support important statewide goals including access, quality, innovation, and productivity. (Note: The CBHE is currently developing a state-wide plan. When the plan is complete, the funding policies will be analyzed to assure that they are compatible with the plan.)

Comprehensive. The funding policies should be comprehensive and address tuition and state funding sources.

Communication. As a part of the strategy, all institutions and the Coordinating Board should work together and “speak with one voice.”

Mission. Funding policies should reflect differences in mission among the various institutions.

Adequacy. Funding policies should address the adequacy of support for institutions to assure that support is similar for programs and institutions that are similar in size, scope, and mission. Adequacy should be funded with additional “new” resources, rather than reallocating resources among the various institutions.

Performance-based Incentives. The funding policies should include performance incentives that reward institutions for attaining certain goals as well as improvement.

Enrollment-sensitive. The funding policies should be sensitive to enrollment growth.

Simplicity and Rationality. The funding policies should be as simple as possible and employ a rational approach.

Attachment B


Overall Investment in Higher Education

Case Statement. Higher education should demonstrate the important role that higher education has in Missouri’s future and its performance to the public and political leadership, e.g., how is higher education now addressing the needs of the state and its communities, how is higher education benefiting individual citizens, the state, and society? An overarching and compelling case statement will be developed, with supporting documentation, on why Missouri should make investments in higher education, i.e., why should Missouri maintain and increase its investment in higher education? Higher education would develop performance measures of its progress in meeting goals identified in the statement.


Create a business plan. At its September meeting, the Task Force discussed the following components for a business plan:

  • include case statement and supporting facts
  • identify investments for strategic initiatives that would result in outcomes to benefit the state, perhaps similar to the proposed healthcare initiative
  • include an accountability contract regarding quantity and quality of outcomes, focusing on specific industries such as DED’s eight clusters
  • demonstrate how much money will flow into the state with these improvements by projecting the fiscal impact in terms of personal income, tax collections, etc.
  • include performance-based incentives for institutions for important outcomes and innovation
  • include investments that address adequacy of institutional funding and enrollment growth
  • Other?

Other strategies - ?

COPHE Communications Group

Invest in public higher education today,
assure the success of Missouri tomorrow

Missouri public higher education institutions……

Educate Missourians to compete and succeed in the 21st century

Missouri’s public colleges and universities promote access, affordability and accountability. They educate citizens of all ages to compete in today’s international knowledge-based economy. This is especially true in such critical areas as math, engineering, technology and science.

Make Missouri an even better place to live now and in the future

Public higher education promotes personal growth and citizenship. Missouri’s graduates strengthen our democracy, not just reap its benefits for themselves. They are more fully and productively employed, economically independent, and more likely to volunteer, vote and stay healthy. Further, Missouri’s colleges and universities add to the quality of life of our communities through the arts, entertainment, and other cultural initiatives.

Fuel the State’s economic engine for the benefit of all Missourians

Public higher education meets statewide needs and generates economic development. Our colleges and universities make vital contributions to Missouri’s economic growth through investments in education, research, job training and service. Public higher education also serves as a catalyst to attract and retain new jobs created by business and industry.