Cooperation among the universities in Nebraska has saved the state $22 million, with more savings to come.
Governor Heineman has announced that the University of Nebraska campuses have worked with the Nebraska State College campuses to create a joint student information system, an Internet-based program that allows students to enroll in classes, pay bills and access information. Heineman says that by working together, the campuses saved the money a lot of money.
“If we had done two separate systems, the combined cost would have been $42-and-a-half million dollars,” Heineman tells reporters during a news conference on the Lincoln campus. “Again, I worked with them, suggested we do one system which only cost $20-and-a-half million.”
The system will save money over the years as well. If done separately, maintenance would have cost $5.3 million; combined the cost is trimmed to$ 3.5 million, according to college officials.
The University of Nebraska system has four campuses: one in Lincoln, one in Kearney and two in Omaha; the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The Nebraska State College system has three campuses: Chadron State, Peru State and Wayne State.
University of Nebraska president J. B. Milliken expects more such cooperation in the future.
“In a time when resources are more constrained, but needs for greater educational attainment have increased, we’ve got to find ways to work across systems, across institutions to improve our college going, to improve our graduation, to improve all aspects of our educational cycle,” says Milliken.
Agreeing is Nebraska State College Chancellor Stan Carpenter.
“There’s a great deal of cooperation already across higher education lines in Nebraska and I would expect that to only to get stronger in the future,” Carpenter says.