As you may know from reading university, campus, or regional news reports, the legislature has frozen tuition and general support for state universities. Our trustees met several times in March and April to discuss how to manage these restrictions in a way that least harms students and the university.
They recognized that during the Great Recession when we lost half of our state funding, we absorbed most of the reductions through cuts in operations. Academic and student life avoided nearly all employee reductions. The board has concluded that continued reductions in operations would place at risk our ability to comply with fiscal, health and safety requirements, and could erode programs that recruit students and develop external funding.
When the board met in April, trustees directed the following approaches to managing what will be a very significant budget gap.
The board has given us direction; now it's time to go to work. Last Friday and today Provost Levine, CFO Clark and I have met with academic and student-life leaders to describe the challenges ahead. There's more to these challenges than I can fit in one memo, so I will continue to write about our challenges and invite you to participate.
No one needs more email, but everyone needs to understand what lies ahead. Remember: we're no longer bound by the old ways of simply thinking about how to cut. We used to be bound by the size of the box; we pared and cut until we could fit inside the budget box. Now we can change the size of the box, by enrolling more students. And we can change the shape of the box by delivering programs in new ways.
I will post this and future briefings to Central Today (cwu.edu/news) and to my home page (cwu.edu/president), and will continue to meet with and discuss this challenge with as many people as I can about our changing future.
James L. Gaudino
Originally scheduled to be available July 1, 2015, the two additional Personal Leave days previouslyAdding Personal Leave Days
President Jim Gaudino and the CWU Cabinet are pleased to announce the addition of two Personal LeaveMarch 18 Meeting Location Change
Our next regularly scheduled meeting is Wednesday, March 18 at 3 pm in Shaw-Smyser 115.