The UM Board of Curators is coordinating a discussion and evaluation of alternative organizational structures for the University of Missouri System. The goal of the discussion is to determine strategies that will sustain and strengthen academic and research quality, leverage the individual missions of each institution and enhance administrative cost effectiveness, among other considerations.
Board of Curators Principles to Guide the Evaluation and Needs for a UM System Administrative Structure
- Enhance the ability to serve the State of Missouri and its citizens, the primary stakeholders of the UM System.
- Create effective System leadership combined with effective, agile institutional leadership while maintaining clear delineations of executive responsibility and authority at both the System and university level.
- While recognizing that clear executive authority is vested in the President, the Curators will be supportive of the work of the chancellors and knowledgeable of student and faculty profiles, programs, research capacity, public services, and other notable aspects of each UM institution.
- Communicate that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts—that a synergy exists among UM System universities—that they complement each other’s strengths and can accomplish greater things by working together than by working in isolation.
- Maintain student access and affordability during a time of decreasing government support.
- Ensure that all students receive a quality education that is characterized by a safe and secure learning environment, intellectual rigor, and respect of differing views and opinions, and evidenced in the academic performance of students and the success of graduates.
- Ensure that faculty and students are provided with the resources and support to achieve excellence in extramural research and innovative scholarship.
- Increase racial and ethnic diversity and intellectual pluralism among our students, faculty and staff at our four universities.
- Seek a cost-effective and quality 21st Century University System that embraces new technologies to deliver widely available education programs and enhanced administrative services efficiently.
- The University Task Force on Governance clarified governance relationships among the Curators, the president and chancellors and collaboration across the UM System's four universities.
- The Board of Curators facilitated discussions with constituent groups systemwide in early June and will continue to meet with groups into July regarding the system's organizational structure. The constituent groups include faculty, staff, students and trustees at each of the four universities as well as community leaders and legislative representatives across Missouri.
- AGB presented a report for the Board of Curators and administration regarding structural options, including economic and other factors relating to restructuring; trends among higher education systems across the country, the advantages and disadvantages of six structural models and more. The report is intended to support Curator deliberations on options for restructuring and does not offer specific recommendations. Access the June Board of Curators meeting video to listen to the presentation and conversation or access the AGB report.
- The Board plans to hold a special meeting on July 28, 2020, and intends to vote on the structural model at that time.
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