Auburn University Strategic Plan

Priority 5: Committing to Continuous Improvement
The Auburn University System will make an across-the-board commitment to continuous improvement in strengthening our management approaches and increasing our efficiency.


Initiative 3: Generate new auxiliary sources of revenue.

GOAL 55: Auburn University continues to develop plans for one new major income stream for the institution.

"We will continue our efforts to identify supplementary sources of revenue based on our existing capabilities. Example opportunities include offering fee-based courses in areas of distinctive competence and high professional demand and expanding the university's master's level distance education offerings.

As part of Auburn's commitment to continuous improvement, we will create a team of continuous improvement champions who will report to the executive vice president and will be charged with fundamentally reviewing operations improvement across the board. Achieving continuous improvement requires champions in all organizational units to promote a culture that "improvement is what AU is all about" and to spearhead a systematic process for identifying and capturing high-value improvement opportunities."

Summary of Progress Achieved:

  • Auburn University continues to develop plans for one new major income stream and to explore possible options for net revenue enhancement including, but not limited to, significant development of online credit courses and degrees, Design Build Options for Auxiliary Operations of Dining and Parking, Retirement Home Facilities on Campus, more extensive Advertising Venues for our campus assets, Real Estate investment options, and other areas of potential.
  • Future plans include identifying ways in which the development of more Distance Education courses can generate revenue for colleges, departments, and faculty.

Last Updated: Nov. 17, 2011

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