Regent Policy Documents


4-9 PRINCIPLES FOR ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT II, AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT TARGETS FOR 1991-92 TO 1994-95 (Basis for establishing student tuition and fee levels, 1991-92 to 1994-95.)

(Formerly 90-5)

The table of Enrollment Management Targets for 1991-92 to 1994-95 may be obtained from the UW System Office of Academic Affairs.

Policy Principles for Enrollment Management II: Enrollment Management Phase I was resource-driven, motivated by the desire to sustain and improve educational quality by returning support per student and faculty/student ratios to their 1978-79 levels. this has entailed a three-pronged effort: (1) increased state financial support, (2) tuition increases, and (3) enrollment declines. The success of Enrollment Management I means that support per student (measured in dollars per student and student/faculty ratios) will be very close to the 1978-79 level, the target for the first phase of enrollment management, by 1991.

Enrollment Management II will be driven by the need to maintain these quality advances and the necessity of meeting the needs of a changing mix of students within very tight resource constraints.  As the result of extensive deliberations we are now in a position to define in some detail our approach to enrollment questions and associated issues for the next two budget cycles.  Over this period we see some weakening of demand from the traditional 18-22 year old segment whose numbers will decline about 13% over the next four years.  During this period the System will experience some decrease in overall enrollment.  The size of the decrease may be ameliorated by more intensive services to non-traditional aged student groups.  Nonetheless we should plan for some decrease in the first half of the 90's to be followed by renewed demand in the latter half of the decade.

It is essential that we estimate and achieve enrollments as accurately as possible.  If we overestimate actual enrollments, fees will be set too low and we will experience a revenue shortfall; if we underestimate actual enrollments, fees will be set too high and we will generate excess revenues that must be carried over to reduce future tuition increases.

At this stage it is helpful to lay out the basic policy principles that will guide our more detailed planning.  These are divided into four basic categories, the central goal of maintaining and enhancing educational quality, principles of equity among the institutions, enrollment reporting principles, and budget issues.

A. Protect and Enhance Educational Quality:

  1. Academic standards will be maintained, specifically admission standards will not decrease at any institution.
  2. Institutions whose enrollments come in at or under target may choose to reduce faculty, so long as educational quality is maintained (as indicated by faculty/student ratios, support per student etc.). Those institutions whose enrollments exceed targets will be expected to maintain faculty levels.
  3. Institutions that reduce faculty will be permitted to retain the freed resources to address other pressing institutional needs (such as library needs).

B. Equity Among Institutions:

  1. There will be a second four-year plan for systemwide enrollment reduction for 1991-95. All institutions will participate in that reduction (except those specifically identified for growth).
  2. As in Enrollment Management I, some institutions will be slated to grow while others decline.
  3. Targets will be monitored to allow a range of 1% on either side of the established "budget enrollment target" as described under Section 4 below.

C. Enrollment Reporting Principles:

  1. Enrollments will be reported via the CDR using uniform definitions. Extended degree students will be included for all institutions.
  2. Institutions will establish subtargets for new freshmen, transfer students, re-entry, special students, and graduate students and will report enrollments annually by these subtargets.
  3. CAPP (GAPP 36) enrollments will be reported via the CDR but excluded from official enrollment figures.
  4. The non-resident proportion of an institution's undergraduate student body will be no higher than 25% overall. The undergraduate student body will be defined for this purpose as students with classifications of freshmen, sophomore, junior or senior. Undergraduate special students will not be included for this purpose. Non-resident for this purpose, is defined as non-resident for fee purposes. This means that Minnesota and Michigan compact, and TAP (Tuition Award Program) students will be counted as residents (because they pay resident fees). Foreign students with non-resident status will be counted as non-residents.

D. Budget Issues:

  1. Institutional budgets will be based on their established enrollment targets. A single "budget enrollment target "will be established for each of the four years.
  2. Institutions that exceed their "budget enrollment target" will not benefit from the excess tuition revenue they generate (which will revert, as currently, to the systemwide pool to offset future tuition increases).
  3. Institutions that are up to 1% below their "budget enrollment targets" will have their base budgets supported from excess revenues generated by those that exceed their target.
  4. Institutions that reduce faculty to generate savings for other urgent needs, will not be disadvantaged in future budget allocations. For example, an institution that uses such funds to improve library holdings would not be disadvantaged in future budget allocations because their library needs had been lowered by their own self-help efforts.

History:  Res. 5608 adopted 10/5/90.  See also RPD 86-5 (SG10).

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The Regent Policy Documents were adopted and are maintained pursuant to the policy-making authority vested in the Board of Regents by Wis. Stats. § 36. The Regent Policy Documents manifest significant policies approved by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. This document is a ready reference for those charged with carrying out these policies. Unless noted otherwise, associated documents and reports may be obtained from the Office of the Secretary of the Board of Regents, 1860 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706, ph 608-262-2324.