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Welcome to the Administrative Streamlining Program website at Cornell University! This program was created during the major campus strategic planning endeavor, Reimagining Cornell, and is an integral component of ongoing efforts to permanently reduce administrative costs at the university. Under the leadership of President David Skorton and Provost Kent Fuchs, the university has removed over $59 million from the operating budget. This represents over 70% of the targeted reductions, attained only three years after starting the ASP initiatives. “This fantastic accomplishment is thanks to the efforts of the entire campus community. There are many dedicated faculty and staff who are working hard to achieve these goals.” said Provost Fuchs.
The administration created the ASP as part of the strategic planning process in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. A steering committee of deans and vice presidents created 10 initiatives to achieve annual savings (the initiatives are listed to the right). Program leaders meet regularly to track progress and share best practices. The savings targets use fiscal 2009 figures as a baseline, and the estimated savings are applied to the annual budgets of the colleges and divisions. The opportunities and strategies identified are expected to provide more effective service delivery to campus and to reduce operating costs by an estimated $75 - $85 million annually by fiscal year 2015(excluding Provost and C&I initiatives).
The Program office was created in the Division of Planning and Budget to guide the Cornell community through the implementation of these initiatives. Now that we are beginning the fourth year of the Program, efforts have been shifted to monitoring of initiative progress and the development of metrics to measure savings and efficiencies created by the initiatives. Periodic updates can be found throughout the Program Office’s website. Presentation of metrics will be provided in the near future, after final approval of the steering committee. If you have questions or comments, please direct them to .

Tabular Summary of Projected Savings (pdf)