Why is SMU engaging in the OE2C project and what does OE2C mean?

OE2C stands for Operational Excellence for the Second Century. We are engaging in this process because a number of external factors are having an impact on higher education institutions throughout the nation, including SMU. The institutions that will thrive are the ones that take proactive steps now to improve efficiencies and direct funds more fully to academic purposes. Some of these factors include a decline in college-age population and greater competition for the level of students we seek, decreasing federal research support and greater competition for grants, limits on what we can charge for tuition, growth in federal regulations and a decline in interest income.


Faculty Senate Resolution on Operational Excellence for the Second Century

April 2, 2014

Whereas the President, with the approval of the Board of Trustees, has retained the firm of Bain & Company to assist with a new project called “Operational Excellence for the 2nd Century (OE2C)” (President Turner’s letter to SMU Faculty and Staff, March 21, 2014), and

Whereas, this project has the potential to generate substantial cost savings and to increase the structural and operational efficiency of the university that can relax budgetary pressures and generate internal resources for much needed investment in improving the academic reputation of the university, and

News OE2C

A Message from President R. Gerald Turner

March 21, 2014

Dear Faculty and Staff:

During these years of our Second Century Celebration, 2011-2015, we are enjoying a special time of progress in our academic and student life programs; recruitment of outstanding students, faculty and staff; improvement in facilities; and rising national reputation. The continuing success of our Second Century Campaign is strengthening our resources to ensure the long-term economic vitality of the University.