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Cost Recovery Program (CRP) Request Process


University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Implementation Process for UW System Policies

Cost Recovery Program (CRP) Criteria

What are Cost Recovery Programs?

  • Model which allows programs to keep tuition or program fees generated on the UW-Oshkosh campus, rather than going to the tuition target.
  • Viewed as separate from 102 (GPR) funding.
    • Includes Auxiliary and other campus program revenue fee-for-service programs.
  • Provides flexibility in face of 102 (GPR) reductions.
  • Does not include 100% Grant funded programs.

When can Cost Recovery Programs be utilized?

  • Must be serving a new audience, rather than current 102 (GPR) programs.
    • Cost Recovery Programs can only be established when we are attracting new (non-traditional) audiences to campus opportunities (credit or non-credit programs) which are not part of our usual program array.
    • Need to think critically about who our new audiences might be, and why they need a university credential/experience.
    • The ability to attract new audiences will not be the same for every department. Some have obvious professional and workplace connections, and some do not.
    • Attracting new audiences is tied to providing programs in accessible formats (evening, weekend, online, intensive).
  • Critical Success Factors include: market demand, academic strength, and willing faculty/staff.
  • Cost Recovery Programs are tied to programs (can include degrees, certificates, and so forth), not individual courses.
  • Cost Recovery Program expenses are separate from current operating expenses for the department or division.

UW Oshkosh Cost Recovery Program (CRP) Process Flow Chart

*Please follow process below to submit proposals for review*


Download the CRP Documents from the Budget Office Website: Request Process (General), Procedures, Narrative Proposal and Budget Workbook.

Review the CRP Procedures, paying close attention to minimum financial criteria requirements.
Conduct pre-planning meeting with department Faculty and Staff involved in the new program.
Complete first draft of the CRP Narrative Proposal and Budget Workbook.

Conduct pre-planning meetings, to discuss draft CRP Narrative Proposal and Budget Workbook with the College Dean/Unit Director, Unit Business Officer, Registrars, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and Budget.

Finalize CRP Narrative Proposal and Budget Workbook, incorporating pre-planning meeting feedback. Email to Unit Business Officer for 1st review. Unit Business Officer will upload to SharePoint, and submit to the College Dean/Unit Director (2nd Review).

Make any updates per Dean/Director, upload to SharePoint, and submit simultaneously for further feedback, discussions and analysis to:
University Business Officer Representative (3rd Review) AND Associate Vice Chancellor of Curriculum Affairs (4th Review).

After 3rd and 4th review, make any updates to SharePoint and submit simultaneously to: Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services (Approval) AND Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Approval).
After Vice Chancellor approval, conduct implementation meeting with Unit Business Officer, Bursar, Budget and Registrars Office.