Increased use of fees in MU Extension
Historically, cooperative extension programs have relied on federal, state, and county appropriations as well as grant and contract funding to largely underwrite the cost of programs. Recent areas of growth in funding streams include grants, gifts, sponsorships and fees. The current complement of resources being generated is not keeping pace with the rising costs of education or with the increasing demand for educational programming from Missouri constituents. Fees will provide considerable potential for revenue growth in the future, which will help MU Extension meet the state’s needs for programs and services.
While the use of fees is a necessity, it does provide opportunities for all those involved. Some of the outcomes and opportunities as a result of participation in fee collection include the following:
- Acknowledgement from customers that programs are valued and “worth” paying for.
- All parties that bear a cost in program production will be included in the distribution of revenue from the program (e.g., win/win situations where both counties and the University receive funding from the fees collected).
- Sustainability for programs and services.
- Additional flexible funds for faculty and teams.
- Greater ability to maintain staffing numbers in an uncertain economic environment as fee revenues will diversify the sources of funding for our programs locally and statewide.
- Potential for additional contractual employees.
- Possible additions of permanent positions as fee revenues grow over time.
2014 Training opportunities
Training will be conducted via Adobe Connect. Please register through WebApps (under ISEs)or by sending an email with your preferred session to Carol Heffner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fee Generation Worksheet, online tool training (ISE #271)
Jan. 15, 10-11 a.m.
Feb. 20, 2-3 p.m.
March 19, 10-11 a.m.
April 17, 2-3 p.m.
June 19, 2-3 p.m.
July 16, 10-11 a.m.
Aug. 21, 2-3 p.m.
Materials, tools and resources
Fee generation worksheet; online tool, login required
Overarching revenue generation guiding principles | PDF
Guidelines for generation and use of fees for MU Extension | PDF
Frequently asked questions — review questions the committee has answered or pose new questions (updated 1/14/2013)
Average compensation rates for standard MU Extension positions (updated 11/12/12)
Example county as host cost list: download (DOCX) | PDF (added 1/4/10)
Talking points on fees for programs and services (PDF) (updated 7/31/2013)
Statewide fees for programs
An integral part of the fee generation process is a review of MU Extension programs to develop a common fee. Program Directors are leading the ongoing process.
Cost Recovery for CD Extension Programs (DOCX)
Business Development Program Fees (DOCX)
Human Environmental Science
HES Named Programs; Program Fee Structure (XLS)
Agriculture and Natural Resource
Ag and Natural Resource Program Fees (DOCX)
4-H Youth Development Specialists Revenue Generation Opportunities (DOCX)
Updates and accomplishments
Dec. 1, 2013
Fee generation is continuing to grow as a source of revenue to support our high priority programs. The current activities are part of the overall revenue generations plan in Goal #4 of our strategic plan.
Details can be found in the project management tool: https://extensionapps.missouri.edu/projectmanagement/