CWUNewsNews Leave Days Added Early!, 04 May 2015 13:40:35<p>Originally scheduled to be available July 1, 2015, the two additional Personal Leave days previously announced by the President and the Cabinet will show in the leave banks of eligible employees (exempt and non-represented classified) beginning May 5 and can be used immediately.</p><p>Hats off and a big THANK YOU to our Information Services team of Jamie Thomas, Crystal Wang, and Steven Herrera for making the necessary system changes and adjusting their workloads to get this done ahead of schedule.&nbsp; Also a prospective “Thank You” to Lisa Conn who, as Absence Management Administrator, will make sure it all works!</p><p>I’m sure this is something we can all fully support.</p><p>The Employee Council adds our thanks to everyone involved with this; President Gaudino, the Cabinet, and all the staff who made it happen so quickly!</p><p>Ken Young<br>Chair, Employee Council<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br>Adding Personal Leave Days, 03 Apr 2015 08:44:33<p>President Jim Gaudino and the CWU Cabinet are pleased to announce the addition of two Personal Leave Days for all exempt and non-represented classified employees.&nbsp; This will make a total of three personal leave days per calendar year for eligible employees. Due to required system programming changes the two additional days will be added on July 1, 2015. Employees should see the changes reflected in their individual Time and Labor work centers at that time.</p><p>This change recognizes the efforts of our staff that have been working through the financial uncertainties caused by the decrease in state funding levels.&nbsp; It also reflects CWU’s frustration in not being able to provide salary improvements to our exempt staff members.</p><p>“Hopefully the additional paid time off will increase the quality of life for our staff while we wait for state decisions on funding,” said President Gaudino.&nbsp; “We will continue to work to increase compensation to fully recognize the incredible work our staff is doing in support of our students,” he added.</p><p><em>4/3/2015</em></p>March 18 Meeting Location Change, 17 Mar 2015 13:12:30<p>Our next regularly scheduled meeting is Wednesday, March 18 at 3 pm in Shaw-Smyser 115.&nbsp;&nbsp; We are pleased to announce that George Clark, Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs, has kindly agreed to join us to review his recent presentation to the Board of Trustees, based on the major risk assessment study and resulting audit plan conducted by McGladrey and Associates. This is a valuable look into the challenges CWU is facing and the plans being developed to surmount those challenges. We hope you'll be able to join us in this opportunity to hear directly from a member of the Administration speaking on a topic that directly affects all Central classified employees.</p>Delegates Needed, 17 Feb 2015 16:53:00<p>Employee Council is currently recruiting delegates from all departments at CWU.&nbsp; Delegates attend our monthly meetings, vote on Employee of the Month awards, and play a vital role in our efforts to provide a communication bridge between CWU administration and all classified employees.&nbsp; If you’re unfamiliar with Employee Council, please visit our website at: to get an overview of our mission.&nbsp; We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month during the academic year in Black 138.&nbsp; If you think you may be interested in serving on the council, please reply to this email or just drop in at our meeting tomorrow (3 pm, Black 138).</p><p>We’re very much in need of a delegate willing to serve as Publicity Officer.&nbsp; The primary duty of the Publicity Officer is to organize the scheduling of Employee of the Month award ceremonies between the employee’s department and the President’s office.&nbsp; As we expand our activities, this position will become even more important to our ongoing efforts to serve all of CWU’s classified employees.</p><p>Thanks for your consideration,</p><p>Ken Young<br>Information Services<br>Chair, Employee Council<br>509-963-3491</p></br></br></br>Classified Reps. Needed, 26 Sep 2014 10:44:01<p>Classified staff representatives are needed for the following committees:</p><ul><li>Health and Safety Council, one year term--contact Ron Munson</li><li>Enterprise Facilities Committee, three year term--contact Bill Yarwood</li></ul>FY15 Salary Increases, 30 Jun 2014 16:35:14<p><strong><u>M E M O R A N D U M</u></strong></p><p>SUBJ:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Non-Represented Classified Staff Salary Increases</p><p>TO: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Non-Represented Classified Staff</p><p>FROM: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jim Gaudino<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; President</p><p>DATE:&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; June 27, 2014</p><p>As we embark on a new fiscal year, I am pleased we can continue the progress we made last year in providing salary increases. Even though we are unable to rectify the total loss of salary increases you have endured the last few years, I am committed to continuing the process of providing some movement forward.</p><p>For fiscal year 2015, salary increases for non-represented (classified) staff will include the following components.</p><ul><li>Effective July 1, 2014, you will receive a 1% across the board increase. &nbsp;</li><li>On November 25, 2014, those employees who have been employed continually between November 16, 2013 and November 15, 2014 shall receive a one-time payment based on the University achieving its Student Success Incentive Goals. These goals include student FTE's, retention, diversity and graduation rates—all of which are outlined below. The lump-sum payment to non-represented (classified) employees shall be calculated based on the gross wages for the period November 16, 2013 through November 15, 2014.</li><li><strong>Student Success Incentive Goals</strong><ul><li>Annual average student enrollment of 9800 Student FTE</li><li>Freshmen retention rate of 77%</li><li>Freshmen Pell Grant recipient retention rate of 77%</li><li>Student of Color percentage of 25%</li><li>6-year graduation rate of 56%</li><li>6-year graduation rate for Pell Grant recipients of 56%</li></ul></li><li><strong>Student Success Payment Structure</strong><ul><li>If the University attains its 9800 Student FTE enrollment goal, each employee will receive a payment equal to 1.5% of his/her gross wages for the applicable annual period noted above.</li><li>If the University attains its 9800 Student FTE enrollment goal and also reaches three (3) of its five (5) additional goals, each employee will receive a total of 2.25% of his/her gross wages for the applicable annual period.</li><li>If the University attains its 9800 Student FTE enrollment goal and also reaches all five (5) of its additional goals, each employee will receive a total of 3.0% of his/her gross wages for the applicable annual period.</li><li>The University will consider the above goals to have been achieved if its annualized student FTE is within 0.5% of its goal (a total of 9750 students), and if its performance against the other goals lands within one percentage point of its target (e.g., the freshman retention rate is 76% or greater, rather than the 77% goal).</li></ul></li></ul><p>All of your hard work and commitment has ensured that Central continues to grow and sustain a strong student FTE. The services you provide to our students, their families, co-workers, the Ellensburg community, and our Centers have positioned us to continue to provide an exceptional educational experience for everyone. I wish there were some other way to say thank you but I do sincerely thank you for all that you have done and all that you will do.</p><p>Have a great summer!!</p></br>Managing in a New Budget Reality, 15 Apr 2014 09:46:33<p>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.&nbsp;</p><p>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.</p><p>When the board met in April, trustees directed the following approaches to managing what will be a very significant budget gap.</p><ol><li>Deepen our commitment to responsibility centered management, or RCM. This is a philosophy that places management decisions about our colleges in the hands of the people who run them--the deans and chairs. Deans and chairs decide what areas of their disciplines to emphasize and grow to meet student demand and to increase revenue. Deans and chairs decide what areas lack demand or quality and must be revised or even eliminated. This is a dramatic change from our approach four years ago, which amounted simply to a directive to cut. Today the direction is to manage to a new number--by shifting responsibilities, growing programs, changing the way we offer programs.</li><li>Develop new tuition options. The board discussed implementing, by this fall, a new approach to tuition--new to us, but in operation at nearly all community colleges. CWU charges the same flat rate for students carrying 10 to 18 credits. Some version of the community college per-credit model would provide great flexibility in generating additional tuition waivers as well as increased tuition revenue.</li><li>Use "rainy day" funds to sustain critical functions through the upcoming academic year. We are all in the "business" of developing human beings, not manufacturing widgets. We know that change takes time and we must avoid adverse effects at all costs. CWU has a rainy day fund of about $3.7 million that will help us get through the upcoming year in a way that disrupts the studies of as few students as possible.</li></ol><p>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.&nbsp; 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.</p><p>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.&nbsp; 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.</p><p>I will post this and future briefings to Central Today ( and to my home page (, and will continue to meet with and discuss this challenge with as many people as I can about our changing future.</p><p>James L. Gaudino<br>President</p><h6><em>Sent April 15, 2014 via email to the campus community</em></h6></br>Budget Update: 3/26/14, 26 Mar 2014 14:34:26<p>Yesterday the Board of Trustees held a third special meeting this month to set the budget parameters for next year (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015).</p><p>As you may recall, CWU requested but did not receive funding in lieu of a tuition increase. Last year, the legislature froze tuition for the 2013-14 academic year, but allowed an increase for the second year. During the legislative session just completed, lawmakers made a mid-course change and approved a tuition freeze for the second year.</p><p>The freeze leaves the university about $4 million short of the long-term financial plan trustees had constructed to ensure continued enhancements in educational quality and service to students.</p><p>Yesterday the trustees rejected the notion of layoffs as a way to bridge this budget gap. Instead, they directed me to continue the implementation of responsibility centered management (RCM), which will continue our focus on student success and implementing program effectiveness. The board authorized the use of discretionary reserves to maintain operations and asked that we continue to explore budget and revenue alternatives.</p><p>During discussions, the trustees voiced their support for the direction the University has established by our strategic plan. They expressed confidence in our ability to grow and prosper because of the excellence of our academic programs, and the enhancements we are making in university operations and budgeting.</p><p>While we are all frustrated by yet another fiscal challenge, I join the trustees in expressing my confidence in our community and share their optimism that with our collective focus on the University mission, we will continue to build and strengthen the institution we so proudly serve.</p><p>Thank you for all that you do for Central Washington University.</p><p>James L. Gaudino<br>President</p><h6><em>Sent March 26, 2014 via email to the campus community</em></h6></br>Volunteer Opportunities, 19 Mar 2014 16:29:21<p>The following groups are in need of a civil service representative:</p><ul><li>Wildcat Shop Advisory Council</li><li>Equal Opportunity Committee</li></ul><p>If you are interested in volunteering for either of these positions, please email <a href=" ?subject=Volunteer%20Opportunity"> </a></p></a href=" ?subject=Volunteer%20Opportunity">Budget Update, 18 Mar 2014 14:29:45<p>As I reported to you last week, the legislature's 2014 supplemental operating budget (ESHB 6002) does not include funding CWU requested in order to avoid a tuition increase. At the same time the budget includes language that freezes tuition rates for the 2014-2015 at the level set in 2012-2013.</p><p>The Board of Trustees met late yesterday to consider how to protect the integrity and the quality of our university in the face of these restrictions. As I have discussed with all of you, simply holding steady requires an ever-increasing level of financial support, since the price for all aspects of our work--labor, materials, technology--increases whether our state budget does or not.</p><p>Yesterday I presented the board with four scenarios for confronting this difficult circumstance. The Board rejected two scenarios that would have involved reducing our workforce and eroding services. A third scenario involves increasing tuition before the budget bill is signed into law. The Board, however, embraced the fourth alternative and directed staff to investigate further.</p><p>The fourth scenario would reduce the tuition discount CWU allows for students who carry between 11 and 18 credits. Currently, only students taking ten credits or fewer pay full tuition, which has been $266 per credit since the 2012-2013 academic year. CWU discounts tuition for credit loads from 11 to 18 by charging them the amount equal to ten credits. The fourth scenario would charge students carrying up to 18 credits the amount equal to an 11-credit load. It's not a big change, but it would generate the support we need.</p><p>CWU staff and the assistant attorney general assigned to CWU are researching the feasibility of this approach and will advise the Board and the university of our findings as soon as possible.&nbsp; Thanks again for your hard work and the many ways you make CWU a wonderful place to live and learn.</p><p>Sincerely,</p><p>James L. Gaudino<br>President</p><h6><em>Sent March 18, 2014 via email to the campus community</em></h6></br>