Continuum Service and Financial Model for Fee-Based Programs

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WHy A New Model?

UW Continuum College is launching a new service and financial model for fee-based programs. This new model is based on partner feedback and ensures the long-term sustainability of the program portfolio.

To give our campus partners choice and flexibility in managing their self-sustaining programs, we’ve unbundled our services. For the first time, you can run fee-based programs using our core services, adding other services as needed. This model puts more decision-making power in the hands of our campus partners.

Starting July 1, 2023 (FY24), programs will pay a percentage of gross revenue to Continuum College in place of the current per-program and per-course fees. Implementing the fee model will eliminate the existing program management and infrastructure fees after FY23.

The Benefits of a Percentage of Gross Revenue Model

  • Reflecting best practices of peer universities for administering self-sustaining programs
  • Allowing for consistency with the way UW overhead is assessed on self-sustaining programs
  • Promoting the fiscal sustainability of the current diverse portfolio
  • Making program costs more equitable since fees are proportional to program revenue
  • Forecasting finances will be more predictable, making it easier to plan
  • Enabling lower fees in the early years while new programs are launching
  • Adapting to the future capabilities of the university