As Auburn continues to address the unprecedented financial challenges that have confronted higher education across Alabama, we will remain committed to our pursuit of excellence across all areas of our mission. Key to our success is the efficient and effective stewardship of our institution's resources, including the careful alignment of funds with identified priorities that advance the university's mission.
While Auburn's mission and strategic goals are focused on teaching and learning, on research and application, and on extension and outreach, none of these can be attained without adequate resources and the determination to put those resources to work for the public good. The university will support a new resource allocation process defined by practical planning, budgeting, assessment, and accountability.
Resource allocation decisions will be guided based on identified strategic priorities, productivity, cost benefit analysis, and a commitment to innovation.
Stewardship of resources must include the university's principal source of revenue, student tuition and fees. For many years, generous state investment in public higher education made it possible for Alabama residents to study at Auburn for a fraction of the true cost of their education. The days of abundant public support probably are gone forever. This means that in the future Alabama residents, like out-of-state students, will pay a larger share of what it costs to provide instruction and career preparation in many disciplines, including expensive subjects like engineering, architecture, and the health sciences.
Auburn has been providing millions of dollars in financial aid to needy and meritorious students from its own unrestricted resources. These are dollars that could be used to heat and cool laboratories, hire instructors, add information resources to the library, or limit tuition increases. Because financial aid must continue to be available if Auburn is to fulfill its role as a land-grant university and because unrestricted dollars also are urgently needed to maintain the institution's fabric and improve its services, Auburn faces a critical need for private gifts to support true scholarships for needy and meritorious students.
As part of a pilot project involving Facilities Management and the Office of Sustainability, solar power is providing the energy needed to charge 10 electric vehicles in Auburn's stadium parking deck. Twenty-four solar panels are capable of producing 6.6 kilowatts of power per day and feed back into the master power grid as an offset to other energy used on campus.
8. The university will achieve excellence in organizational stewardship by aligning investments with institutional priorities.
Auburn University competes in 19 varsity sports in the NCAA within the Southeastern Conference.
A. Maintain institutional access through careful management of enrollment and cost of attendance.
B. Achieve excellence in staff and performance.
C. Elevate the campus environment and facilities to support institutional programs.
D. Invest in the development of Auburn's workforce.
E. Enhance marketing and communication to strengthen the university's reputation.
F. Increase philanthropic support of Auburn's mission and plan for excellence through the next comprehensive campaign.
G. Continue to support competitive athletic programs in keeping with the university's vision, mission, and values.
The Comprehensive Campus Master Plan was initiated by the Auburn University Board of Trustees in 2002 to provide long-range strategies for growth and transformation of the campus. The latest Master Plan update will be completed in fall 2013 based on the guidance by the Strategic Plan 2013-2018.