Kustra looks for more efficiencies at Boise State

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Boise State President Dr. Bob Kustra


by Scott Evans

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Posted on August 21, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 21 at 5:31 PM

BOISE -- Boise State President Dr. Bob Kustra delivered his annual State of the University speech to students, faculty and community members Wednesday.

The bulk of his main message surrounded a one-year mandate to make sure the university is using its money as efficiently as possible.

This mandate comes down from the Idaho State Board of Education and it applies to all public universities and colleges in the state.

The reason for this mandate comes because of what appears to be an attack on higher education and its effectiveness for students.

Kustra took several minutes to outline that attack that could force students to pay more in tuition.

That's why the state board and the university's board is moving forward with this.

Kustra says this will be a yearlong effort to identify programs that need improvement.

He wants every division, every department, every college, and the entire university to rank what each area does in terms of value.

Kustra says there will be no sacrificial lambs in this process and they will look at this process very objectively.

"There's no target for any layoffs," said Kustra. "There are shifts that could occur and there are vacancies that might not be filled in areas where it's determined and agreed upon that this simply is not as productive an area of investment as it once was."

Kustra says he wants the focus to be on cost effectiveness, while still paying attention to what makes Boise State University unique.

He says their success going forward lies in the ability to differentiate the university in the future.

If you weren't able to make it to the BSU State of the University you can watch the speech on Idaho's Very Own 24/7 several times in the coming days.

It will air three times on Thursday -- at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Then on Friday it will air once at 7 p.m.