The Efficiency and Effectiveness initiative, chaired by Regent Jason Geddes, advises the Board of Regents and makes recommendations to the Board on the following items:
- consideration of amendments to current policies which are either outdated or unduly cumbersome or which inhibit the ability of campus management to respond to changing circumstances;
- review of the eight institutions for models of cost savings and efficiency so that best practices can be shared across the System;
- review of models that will improve student recruitment, retention and degree completion rates;
- review of models for maximum utilization of campus facilities;
- review of opportunities for privatization and outsourcing that do not further impact the System’s budgets;
- review of employment and personnel practices and policies, including, but not limited to, faculty workload and participation in the State Classified System;
- review of models for more efficient and flexible capital financing, construction and renewal, including a review of the viability and utility of the participation of the State Public Works Board; and
- review of governance models to determine areas where the Board of Regents can govern more efficiently, whether that is in the form of fewer meetings, fewer reports or the like.
A model currently being reviewed is the University of Maryland System's Effectiveness and Efficiency Initiative.