Using Library and University Statistics to Create an Effective Funding Narrative (Presentation slides)

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Using Library and University Statistics to Create an Effective Funding Narrative (Presentation slides)
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Library Assessment Conference 2014 in Seattle
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Library Assessment Conference 2014 in Seattle presentation by Brian W. Keith.
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These slides are for a conference presentation at the 2014 Library Assessment Conference. The conference paper in the refereed proceedings of the 2014 Library Assessment Conference Proceedings: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment are: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00026719/00001

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Using Library and University Statistics to Create an Effective Funding Narrative Brian W. Keith2014 Library Assessment ConferenceAugust 5, 20141

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BACKGROUND The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land grant, research university. It is one of only 17 public, land grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities, and is one of the largest universities in the nation, with more than 50,000 students. 2

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BACKGROUND The UF Libraries form the largest information resource system in the state. The UF Libraries consist of seven libraries; six are in the system known as the George A. Smathers Libraries. These include the Health Science Center Libraries (HSCL). The Smathers Libraries is an active member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL ). 3

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BACKGROUND In 2011, UF adopted Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) for budgeting. Under RCM the colleges became Responsibility Centers (revenue generators) and the Libraries became one of the numerous Support Units (non revenue generating units primarily providing services to Responsibility Centers). The fundamental premise of RCM is to move decisions and resulting revenues to the colleges.4

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BACKGROUND RCM, decreased UF appropriations and lost purchasing power for library materials have increased pressure (internally and externally) to assess library funding and expenditures5

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BACKGROUND In 2014, UF launched UF Rising a fiveyear initiative to elevate the University to among the nations top public universities. A combined $950 million is aimed at hiring new midcareer and eminent professors, adding new endowed professorships, and to upgrading and adding facilities. 6

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The QUESTION What should the funding be for the UF Libraries? The GoalReflecting equitable opportunities for UF faculty and studentsReflecting UFs aspirations to become a top public universityWhat is the variance from that GOAL?7

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INVESTIGATION Began by exploring the available data:National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data for university characteristics that correlate with DEMAND for library resources & servicesARL data for characteristics that reflect library RESOURCES relating to materials and staff8

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PEER ANALYSIS Compared UF to Three Groups of AAU Public UniversitiesGroup A: 6 of Top 11 from US News (Aspirational Peers)Group B: 10 of Top 25 from US News (Comprehensive Universities with Law & 2 or more Health Colleges)Group C: UF Identified PeersUsed a wide variety of statistics and using several statistical processes9

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PEER ANALYSIS Linear regressionA model of the relationship between two variables: 1. Explanatory variable (e.g. a university budget) 2. Dependent variable (e.g. a librarys budget) MAY serve to predict a variable if the other variable is known10

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PEER ANALYSIS R squared or Coefficient of DeterminationIndicates the proportion of the change in one variable that is predictable from another r2 Represents the percent of variation in a variable that can be explained by the relationship between the two11

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25,000,000 30,000,000 35,000,000 40,000,000 45,000,000 50,000,000 55,000,000 60,000,000 65,000,000 0 2,000,000,000 4,000,000,000 6,000,000,000Library ExpendituresUniversity Expenditures20082012 Peer Averages & UF Actual Total Library Expenditures v. Total University Expenditures Group A Group B Group C UF Actual R = 0.8637 R = 0.6398 R = 0.445 R = 0.0258 12

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25,000,000 30,000,000 35,000,000 40,000,000 45,000,000 50,000,000 55,000,000 60,000,000 65,000,000 70,000,000 0 1,000,000,000 2,000,000,000Library ExpendituresUniversity Income UF Actual Linear (2008) Linear (2009) Linear (2010) Linear (2011) Linear (2012)20082012 Total Library Expenditures v. University Tuition & Appropriations 13

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PEER ANALYSIS Linear regression line formulaY = a + bX14

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PEER ANALYSIS Application of Linear Regression Formulas to Estimate Appropriate Funding for UF Libraries UF Tuition & Appropriations UF Projected UF Actual Difference2008 $855,300,000 $43,231,307 $28,573,302 ($14,658,005) 2009 $849,955,000 $43,249,625 $28,147,202 ($15,102,423) 2010 $797,569,000 $42,536,788 $27,242,279 ($15,294,509) 2011 $855,234,000 $43,650,863 $29,537,452 ($14,113,411) 2012 $848,376,000 $42,701,203 $28,581,160 ($14,120,043)15

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RESULT Linear regression showed there exists an ongoing, positive and predictive relationship between university and library funding at these top institutionsWe have a statistically valid and communicable basis for assessing the funding for UF libraries as compared to peersThe UF funding is atypical16