Consultants To Examine UK Efficiency

Dec 13, 2011

In addition to announcing he won't support state funding for Rupp Arena's renovation or replacement, University of Kentucky president Eli Capilouto also says he intends to hire professional consultants to examine questions of efficiency at UK.

President Eli Capilouto has made it clear: UK must remain committed to what he calls the "core of the campus." To that end, Capilouto has indicated that UK will pay about 1.2 million dollars to Huron Consulting of Chicago to examine questions about UK's administrative structure, budgeting system, debt capacity, and faculty review system. In a short video sent to students, faculty, and staff, Capilouto argues that the university needs answers before it can move forward. 

"We must and we will ask challenging questions and we must, as a university, be willing to go wherever the answers take us," Capilouto said. 

The consultants' recommendations could result in changes to UK's incremental budgeting, moving it toward a resource-centered system that bases a department's financing on the number of students it attracts. Capilouto said Huron's work is already underway and could continue through June 30th of next year.