VSS Annual Returns                            

Visual Scheduling Systems has always been into more than innovative timetabling and scheduling.
VSS consultants are highly valued for their resource management and implementation expertise.
With years of practical experience, VSS staff are experts in getting the most from your educational budget.

Annual returns of the order of 3% of the Campus budget can be expected with systems and services managed by VSS.

The superior management information provided adds flexibility and certainty to decisions on educational programs.
Efficiencies are automatically highlighted and delivered without pain using VSS systems and procedures.
Indicative returns or savings would come from areas such as:

 

Annual Returns

 

1) 2 - 3% from Teaching productivity improvements

2) 10% increases in class sizes lowering overall costs

3) 10% improvements in ASCH and funding potential

4) 10 - 20% reduced need for computer room replacement and maintenance,

5) Reduced or eliminated need and costs for hired buildings or rooms off campus,

6) Improved access for fee for service courses

7) Rationalisation of high cost courses offered with accurate costing available

8) The ability to prevent budget overruns and review ASCH potential before classes start.
9) The ability to match $Fees and $Costs per class group

 

Savings (or opportunities for other programs) in each area would vary from Campus to Campus but achieve at least 3% benefit overall.

 

One off returns

 

One off returns on the capital costs of building or refurbishing classrooms could also be expected due to: 

 

1) 10 - 20% improvement in classroom availability

2) 10% increases in class sizes.

3) Sale or re-direction of surplus facilities

 

The Managed Approach

 

VSS returns derive from the systems’ visual integration of rooms, teachers, classes and subjects, the instant on-screen statistics and powerful fine-tuning features. Structured procedures and processes are applied to match the Campus calendar, reduce effort, maintain focus and deliver the budget and targets before classes commence.

 

The returns indicated go far beyond timetabling or simple room bookings and Campus staff alone do not initially have the experience to pursue and deliver the significant returns indicated. It is thus recommended that VSS manage this service for you.

 

Note that VSS can assess savings potential and costs for most Campuses after a short evaluation and access to Campus information normally available to the public domain.

 

For peace of mind, improved management control and results, e-mail VSS at mailto: sales@vss.com.au or call or write to the address shown for further information, a short presentation or to place your order:


 

How can I be assured that these returns are achievable??

 

Please be frank about the assurances you need to adopt VSS in your Campuses.
You are likely to be surprised by the service depth and experience VSS can deliver.

 

VSS has worked in this field for almost 10 years and the system and services were designed and tested to deliver resource management savings.

 

Successive software releases have delivered more and more functionality aimed at resource management – the only system to do so.
The system and services have been proven in real life situations and many examples can be quoted from other Campuses.

 

How about at your Campus? Try some of these indicators….

 

1)      Do you walk past classrooms, including your best computer classrooms, which are empty in peak periods, and yet spare rooms are difficult to obtain and allocate at any time?

2)      As you pass each room are they all full, or often sparsely occupied?

3)      Are rooms booked and allocated but not used?

4)      Is it difficult to obtain room usage details?

5)      Are you confident your budget will not be exceeded?

6)      Are you satisfied with your funding and / or productivity indicators such as SCH?

7)      Do your teaching hours indicators meet your expectations?

8)      Are you aware of the costs of individual course groups and subjects taught?

9)      Are you concerned with the cost of maintaining computer facilities?

10)   Are there other cost or productivity issues where details are difficult or impossible to obtain?

11)    Can you readily compare fees and costs of course groups?

 

Your VSS representative can explain how VSS provides the answers to these questions and can structure an approach, which overcomes implementation issues and delivers a far better result for teachers, students and Campus management.

 

An assessment of the savings potential and costs for your Campus requires a short consultation and access to Campus information normally available to the public domain.

 

Your questions and concerns are welcomed, with confidence in our ability to provide detailed answers and examples that exceed your expectations.

 

 


Indicative Returns at a large Institution with $100M budget

 

Return Description

Exp

Target

Exp Value

Target Value

Teaching productivity

2%

3%

$1.3M

$1.9M

Average Class size increase

10%

15%

$0.3M

$0.5M

Computer Replacements

10%

20%

$0.4M

$0.8M

Off Campus Rooms

50%

Nil

$0.1M

$0.2M

Fee for Service Course Access

 

 

$0.2M

$0.5M

High Cost Courses

 

 

$0.1M

$0.4M

Budget Overruns

 

 

$0.2M

$0.5M

Budget Project Staff Costs

 

 

$0.4M

$0.7M

 

 

Totals

$3.0M

$5.5M

SCH improvements

10%

15%

$10.0M

$15.0M

Sale of Surplus Facilities

 

 

$

$

Reduced Building Costs

 

 

$

$

Indicative VSS Costs

0.5%

0.5%

$0.5M

$0.5M

 

 

Nett

$2.5M

$5.0M

Notes:

Targets would be agreed with Campus management following a short VSS evaluation.

Returns should fall between agreed expected and target value totals e.g. $3M - 4M+.

Teaching costs in this example are two thirds of the Campus budget.

Student Contact Hour improvements can significantly boost government funding.

Sale or transfer of Surplus Facilities could be an added bonus.

Reduced Building Costs and replacements could support other initiatives.

Indicative VSS costs include operational and analytical specialists and technical staff.

Campus investments in VSS can be protected with Service agreements and penalties.

 

Indicative Returns at an Institution with $20M budget

 

Return Description

Exp

Target

Exp Value

Target Value

Teaching productivity

2%

3%

$0.26M

$0.40M

Average Class size increase

10%

15%

$0.06M

$0.10M

Computer Replacements

10%

20%

$0.08M

$0.15M

Off Campus Rooms

50%

Nil

$0.02M

$0.04M

Fee for Service Course Access

 

 

$0.04M

$0.10M

High Cost Courses

 

 

$0.02M

$0.08M

Budget Overruns

 

 

$0.04M

$0.10M

Budget Project Staff Costs

 

 

$0.08M

$0.14M

 

 

Totals

$0.60M

$1.10M

SCH improvements

10%

15%

$2.00M

$3.00M

Surplus Facilities / Building

 

 

$

$

Indicative VSS Costs

0.5%

0.5%

$0.10M

$0.10M

 

 

Nett

$0.50M

$1.00M

Please e-mail VSS at mailto: sales@vss.com.au or call or write for further information.

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