Now, though, Arizona is once again planning to move to RCM, starting next year. Andrew C. Comrie, the provost there, says the university, like others, wants to fire up innovation and entrepreneurialism. Meanwhile, he has to remind people that the mission is not just about dollars.
“Everyone wants to go to the bottom right-hand corner to see how much we cost or how much we’re getting—a natural tendency, but of course we’re not in the business of producing financial bottom lines,” he says. If you get right down to it, none of the colleges there makes money. Making money is not what higher education is about.