USM's E&E Initiative Showcased at U.S Department of Education's National Leadership Summit
ADELPHI, Md. (July 18, 2008) - The University System of Maryland's Effectiveness
& Efficiency (E&E) Initiative was showcased July 17, 2008 in Chicago,
during the U.S. Department of Education's national summit, "A Test of
Leadership: Committing to Advance Postsecondary Education for All Americans."
USM was one of three universities invited to share their "success stories" for
advancing access, affordability, and accountability in higher education.
Board of Regents Chair
Clifford M. Kendall and USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan presented the goals
and results of the system's E&E Initiative as part of a panel discussion
and breakout session with national higher education leaders. They were joined
on the panel by J.B. Milliken, president of the University of Nebraska; and Charles Reed, chancellor or the California State University
"The summit was a singular
opportunity to demonstrate-on a national stage-the value of the system's
E&E Initiative," said Chancellor Kirwan. "Maryland's successful use of a strategy that combines cost
containment and the optimal use of resources to promote affordability, access,
and quality is seen as model by other universities and systems across the
The summit brought together
higher education leaders and stakeholders from across the nation, including
university presidents, professors, business and organization leaders, and
others, to discuss access, affordability, and accountability in higher
education. The summit also assessed progress made in these key areas since the
2007 National Summit in Washington, D.C., where participants created an action plan for key
stakeholders based on U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings' action
plan for higher education and the recommendations from her Commission on the
Future of Higher Education.
Adopted in 2004, the E&E
Initiative has been a signature program of USM to contain costs while improving
overall administrative and academic operations across the system. E&E cost
savings alone have totaled more than $94 million for the system since FY 2005.
For more information,
including annual E&E reports, visit USM's Effectiveness
& Efficiency Initiative web pages.
Contact: John Buettner