CWUNewsNews Presidential Search Focus Groups Say Top Priority is Uniting Central Statewide, 30 Jun 2020 09:34:47<div> <p>June 29, 2020</p> <p><strong>ELLENSBURG, Wash.</strong>&nbsp; &mdash; Central Washington university&rsquo;s next president should be committed to diversity and shared governance and be able to create a post COVID-vision for the university, including a robust plan for CWU&rsquo;s eight satellite locations.</p> <p>The Trustee Search Advisory Committee (TSAC), appointed by the Board of Trustees in May, identified these preliminary findings to the Board of Trustees on Monday in a Preliminary Report summarizing a series of 12 focus groups with CWU employees and students. The Preliminary Report is available at</p> <p>The report is the first of three that will help to identify the challenges and opportunities the next president will face, as well as to identify the qualities he or she will need to succeed. Current CWU President James L. Gaudino announced earlier this year that he will step down on July 31, 2021.</p> <p>TSAC chair Erin Black, an anthropology alumna, said there was remarkable consistency across all groups in the qualities needed in the next president. While most agreed academic experience was an important factor, overall, people agreed that what is needed is simply a great leader.</p> <p>&ldquo;All groups are looking for an individual who can unite the university&mdash;departments, campuses, employee groups, and alumni,&rdquo; said Black, adding that a passion for inclusion and diversity was a key leadership quality in all sessions. &ldquo;They want someone who is a versatile communicator, who can explain complex situations and decisions so that employees and students understand what is happening to them and why.&rdquo;</p> <p>TSAC co-chair and vice chair of the Board of Trustees, Robert Nellams, said the committee members were pleased to find that conducting focus groups or &ldquo;listening sessions&rdquo; virtually didn&rsquo;t seem to discourage people from participating. The CWU accounting alumnus said the virtual setting actually gave people more ways to participate.</p> <p>&ldquo;Most used full video and audio, but others kept the camera off; some phoned in, and others simply used the &lsquo;chat&rsquo; function,&rdquo; said Nellams, adding that one session drew nearly 150 people. &ldquo;The best part was the incredible energy and overwhelmingly constructive feedback. People really are passionate about their work and about our students.&rdquo;</p> <p>TSAC co-chair Jeff Hensler said part of the effectiveness of the focus group sessions is thanks to the work of the committee, including representatives of classified, exempt, and faculty employees and administrators. The committee also includes members of the CWU Foundation and Alumni Boards and the president of the Associated Students of CWU.</p> <p>Hensler said nearly every member has moderated one or more focus groups, and each member has engaged enthusiastically in the expansive outreach process.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;The commitment and energy of this committee is impressive. They&rsquo;re eager to find out what our stakeholders want and need in our next leader,&rdquo; said Hensler, a 1998 CWU graduate. &ldquo;Each committee member brings unique insight into the life of the university and that, in turn, has produced interesting and discerning findings that will aid our search for the next president.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to Trustees Black, Nellams, and Hensler, the members of the Trustee Search Advisory Committee include the following:</p> </div> <div> <ul> <li>Andrew Mork, president-elect, Alumni Board</li> <li>Carolyn Thurston, 2019-20 chair, Exempt Employees Council</li> <li>Ediz Kaykayoglu, assoc. provost for Extended Learning and Outreach; Exec. Dir. Office of International Studies and Programs</li> <li>Kandee Cleary, vice president, Inclusivity and Diversity</li> <li>Lidia Anderson, chair, Classified Staff Employee Council</li> <li>Mickael Candelaria, 2020-21 president, Associated Students of CWU</li> <li>Ralph Conner, vice chair, Foundation Board</li> <li>Sathy Rajendran, chair, Dept. of Engineering Technologies, Safety, &amp; Construction</li> <li>Walter Szeliga, 2019-20 chair, Faculty Senate</li> </ul> </div> <p>The Preliminary Report draws findings from a series of one-hour meetings conducted between May 15 and June 11: three with faculty, one with each of CWU&rsquo;s three unions, leadership councils of exempt and classified employees, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, the Provost&rsquo;s Council, employees of color, incoming and out-going officers of the Associated Students of CWU, employees of University Centers and instructional sites, and the Academic Department Chairs Organization.</p> <p>Meetings will continue and findings from those sessions will be presented in an Interim Report to the Board of Trustees on July 23.</p> <p>Scheduled meetings will include, among others, exempt and classified employees, the CWU Foundation and Alumni boards, general alumni, the Wildcat Club board, and advisory boards of the academic colleges.</p> <p>Media contact: Linda Schactler, chief of staff and secretary to the board, 509-963-1384, <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </a href="">CWU Board of Trustees Launch Formal Presidential Search, 19 May 2020 10:16:39<p><img alt="" src="/trustees/sites/" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 200px; height: 200px;" />Central Washington University&rsquo;s Board of Trustees formally began the public outreach process that will conclude with the appointment of a new university president. Current CWU President James L. Gaudino, who has served since January 2009, previously announced his intention to step down on July 31, 2021.</p> <p>Board Chair Ron Erickson said the trustees would function as a committee of the whole to lead the search, with participation by faculty, staff, and students.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Hiring a president is the most important responsibility of the Board of Trustees and one that cannot be delegated,&rdquo; Erickson said, adding that the full committee membership would be named in June.</p> <p>The Board also unanimously voted to establish a Trustees Search Advisory Committee (TSAC) to reach out to university stakeholders to learn what they perceive to be the greatest challenges for the university and to discuss what qualities are desired in presidential candidates.</p> <p>Trustee Erin Black was appointed to chair the TSAC. She indicated that open listening sessions will be organized as soon as possible. Sessions will include students, university staff and faculty, alumni, members of the communities CWU serves, advisory boards, and the CWU Foundation board.</p> <p>The board also agreed to establish a Search Committee that will include all of the members of the Board of Trustees as well as up to five non-board members representing various stakeholders.&nbsp;</p> <p>Search consultant Bill Funk, the CEO of R William Funk and Associates, also will spend time with key constituencies to learn what is needed in presidential candidates.</p> <p>&ldquo;The board is relying on the perspectives and experience of our stakeholders to inform this search and help us to identify the best leader for Central,&rdquo; Erickson said, noting that all universities in the country were facing extraordinary challenges. &ldquo;The participation of our students, employees and friends will be essential in shaping an effective search.&rdquo;</p> <p>The board also adopted a draft search timeline, in which the actual recruitment of presidential candidates would begin by August 1, after a situation assessment by the Board on July 23 and 24. The search consultant will develop an applicant pool in August and September. Semi-finalist interviews would occur in October, finalist interviews in November, and the successful candidate would be appointed by the end of the calendar year.</p> <p>During a May 14 work session of the board, Assistant Attorney General Alan Smith, who advises CWU, explained how the state&rsquo;s Open Public Meetings Act applies to presidential searches.</p> <p>At the same meeting, Funk described how presidential searches, the candidates, and higher education climate have changed since the last time CWU conducted a presidential search in 2008. He noted that political, social, and financial forces have altered perceptions of and pressures on public higher education, and have changed the expectations of and demands on university presidents.</p> <p>According to the American College President Study, conducted annually by the American Council on Education (, the five duties that absorb most of a president&rsquo;s time are budget/financial management, fundraising, senior-level team management, governing board relations, and enrollment management.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information please contact Linda Schactler, secretary to the Board of Trustees, Schactler, 509-607-4103.</p> Central Washington University Media Advisory - Revised, 12 Dec 2017 09:35:23<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/trustees/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 200px;"></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">The Central Washington University Board of Trustees (BOT) will hold a special telephonic meeting on Tuesday, December 12, to approve a supplemental Services and Activities (S&amp;A) funds request. Prior to the business meeting an executive session will be held pursuant to RCW 42.30.110 (1)(i). The telephonic meeting will be held in Barge Hall 314 on the Ellensburg campus from 2:30 to 3:00 PM.</span></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">&nbsp;</p><p><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">Media Contact:</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin"> Linda Schactler, Chief of Staff, 509-963-1384,</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin"></p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"></b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">CWU Board of Trustees Livestream, 03 Nov 2017 10:30:20<p>CWU Board of Trustee meetings are livestreamed at:&nbsp;</p>Governor Reappoints Ron Erickson to CWU Board of Trustees, 04 Jan 2016 11:15:07<p><img alt="" src="/trustees/sites/" style="width: 120px; height: 150px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: left;">Governor Jay Inslee has reappointed Ron Erickson to the Central Washington University Board of Trustees.</p><p>Erickson, who has served on the board since 2010, is founder, chair, and chief operating officer of Visualant, Inc., a photon imaging and authentication company. He has more than 35 years of experience as a manager, attorney and senior level executive in several technology, consumer product, and retail businesses.</p><p>“As a CWU graduate with deep family roots in the Kittitas Valley, it’s an honor to continue to serve on the Board of Trustees,” Erickson said. “The university has experienced changes in recent years, particularly in terms of funding, but I believe we’re on the right track and I look forward to continuing to help guide it through the challenges ahead.”</p><p>CWU President James L. Gaudino said he is pleased Erickson will remain on the Board of Trustees because his expertise in business and technology has provided valuable insights as CWU has moved to responsibility centered management in recent years.</p><p>“Ron understands the need for universities, like Central, to look at our operations in new and innovative ways,” Gaudino said. “His reappointment ensures we can continue our progress and make Central the best university in the Pacific Northwest.”</p><p>Erickson, currently vice chair of the board, was raised in Ellensburg and graduated from Ellensburg High School. His family homesteaded in the Kittitas Valley in 1876 and a cousin continues to farm the family’s homestead acreage. He has a BA from CWU, a MA from the University of Wyoming, and JD from the University of California, Davis.</p><p>Erickson’s six-year term, which began December 14, will continue through September 30, 2021.</p><p>Media contact: Rich Moreno, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,</p>Governor Jay Inslee appoints new CWU student trustee, 16 Sep 2015 11:24:56<p><img alt="" src="/trustees/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 375px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: left;">Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Yazmin Aguilar to serve as student trustee a CWU for the 2015-16 academic year.</p><p>Aguilar, a junior, is double majoring in Spanish and social services. The 2012 Pasco High School graduate is a member of the Douglas O. Honors College and was accepted to CWU’s new Chavez-King Leadership Institute as part of its first cohort for 2015-16.</p><p>In her appointment letter, Inslee asked Aguilar to take personal responsibility for making sure the board operates with transparency and responsiveness.&nbsp;</p><p>“I can't wait to get started,” Aguilar said. “I applied to become part of the Board of Trustees because I want to be the voice for every student. I feel the need to give back to my community and especially to this beautiful campus that has opened its doors to me with amazing opportunities.”</p><p>She&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">says she realizes the importance of her new role.</span><object data="/sites/all/players/audio-player.swf" data-source="/trustees/sites/" height="24" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="290"><param name="movie" value="/sites/all/players/audio-player.swf"><param name="FlashVars" value="soundFile=/trustees/sites/"><param name="quality" value="high"><param name="menu" value="false"><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></object></p><p>Being able to attend CWU is a dream come true, said Aguilar, who was born in Mexico and moved to the United States when she was 9.</p><p>“Throughout my college career I’ve faced many challenges. One of them has always been my status as an underrepresented minority student,” she said. “I consider myself a leader and also a follower. I’ve learned to advocate not only for myself but also for those around me.”</p><p>She has already spoken with university President Jim Gaudino about her new post.<object data="/sites/all/players/audio-player.swf" data-source="/trustees/sites/" height="24" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="290"><param name="movie" value="/sites/all/players/audio-player.swf"><param name="FlashVars" value="soundFile=/trustees/sites/"><param name="quality" value="high"><param name="menu" value="false"><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></object></p><p>After graduating from CWU, Aguilar plans to pursue a master’s degree in public health with a focus on epidemiology.</p><p>All of the state‘s six public baccalaureate institutions have a student seat on their governing bodies. The student trustees serve one-year terms and are full voting members on all issues except matters relating to hiring or disc<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">ipline of personnel, tenure of faculty, and collective bargaining agreements.</span></p><p>Aguilar’s term ends June 30, 2016.</p><p>“I feel eager to learn from the seven members of the board,” she said. “I look forward to working with them and to also give the best of me.”</p><p><strong>Media contacts:</strong> Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,; <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</span></p><p>August 26, 2015</p></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></param name="quality" value="high"></param name="menu" value="false"></param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param name="quality" value="high"></param name="menu" value="false"></param name="wmode" value="transparent"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">Top Yakima Non-profit Official Appointed to CWU Governing Board, 23 Jun 2015 15:27:46<p><img alt="" src="/trustees/sites/" style="width: 275px; float: left; margin: 7px; height: 165px;">Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Erin Black to the Central Washington University Board of Trustees. Black, a CWU alumna, is the executive director of the YWCA of Yakima. Her six-year appointment, which must be confirmed by the state Senate, began June 8. It will continue through September 30, 2020.</p><p>Black says the appointment matches both her zeal for creating opportunity and expertise in organizational management.</p><p>“I have a true passion for education and how important it is,” Black notes. “The YWCA’s goal is to empower people. We focus on connecting people with education and opportunities for higher education, which really opens up a lot of doors for them. To be involved in a leadership role in higher education is very exciting.”</p><p>Black has served as the YWCA executive director since 2009, assuming the post in the midst of an organization capital campaign that was about $2 million short of goal when she arrived. Through her engagement with donors, Black solidified the financial foundation of the project. YWCA was able to pay off its mortgage, while simultaneously developing operational capital and reserves.</p><p>CWU president James L. Gaudino says Black will help represent a region of vital importance to the university.</p><p>“Yakima County is home to nearly 7,000 CWU alumni, including more than 20 percent of public school teachers in the Yakima School District alone. And each year about 1,000 Yakima-area students are earning degrees at Central,” adds Gaudino, noting that Yakima County also is a key business partner. “Our partnership with Yakima is critical to our success. Central does business with more than 125 entrepreneurs in Yakima and 25 percent of the labor for our big construction projects comes from the Yakima Valley.”</p><p>Black’s numerous and diverse community work has included as a board member of the Downtown Yakima Rotary, where she has helped chair the annual Rotary auction, which has raised more than $300,000 for education and community development. Since 2011 she has led “100 Jobs for 100 Kids,” a program designed to help high school students increase their work skills. She also works with the board of Safe Yakima Valley, which is dedicated to reducing crime and substance abuse, and the Homeless Network of Yakima, which she chaired for two years and where she currently continues to serve on the executive committee.</p><p>Since becoming the YWCA executive director, she has overseen a $200,000 increase in its budget while reliance on government funding has been reduced from 70 percent to 55 percent. A total of 470 businesses and 3,241 individuals now financially support the organization. Last year, the YWCA served more than 4,000 people impacted by domestic violence through a variety of programs.</p><p>Black says the knowledge and experience she’s gained from leading non-profit organizations, along with her expansive community work, will help inform her work on the Board of Trustees.</p><p>“My experience managing the YWCA is very similar to managing a business,” she said, acknowledging the tremendous budget and funding challenges the university now faces. “I think my experience mobilizing support can help engage more alumni and more donors to support higher education.”</p><p>Black said she supports the board’s efforts to make budgetary decisions using “a student-centered approach. “I want their educational experiences at Central to be life-changing and lasting in their professional careers, just as they have been for me,” she states.</p><p>Black graduated cum laude from CWU in anthropology, with a specialization in museology, which helped prepare her for her previous post as director of the Kittitas County Historical Museum.</p><p>She also holds a master’s degree from Seattle University in Executive Nonprofit Leadership and has completed more than 100 hours of training on domestic violence prevention and advising, along with training in advocacy-based counseling.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Content Development, 509-963-1487,</p><p>June 23, 2015</p>VP of Alaska Air Group Joins CWU Board of Trustees, 07 May 2014 11:59:40<p><img alt="Glenn S. Johnson" src="/trustees/sites/" style="width: 180px; height: 270px; margin: 5px; float: right;">Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Glenn S. Johnson a trustee of Central Washington University. Johnson is executive vice president of Alaska Airlines Group and president of Horizon Air Industries.</p><p>“I'm honored to be joining the Board of Trustees at CWU," said Johnson, who has been involved with the university’s aviation program for several years. "CWU has an excellent reputation for educating a diverse student population to prepare them for a broad array of careers in the workforce. I’m particularly impressed with Central’s philosophy focusing on hands-on learning."</p><p>Johnson has been executive vice president of Alaska Air Group, Inc. since November 2012.&nbsp; Over the past 30 years at Alaska, he has overseen customer services, finance, strategy, project management, maintenance and engineering, information technology, and corporate real estate.</p><p>"We're thrilled to welcome Glenn as a trustee of CWU," said CWU President James L. Gaudino. “His financial expertise will be a great asset as we move to responsibility centered management among our colleges. He brings strong business experience, commitment to education, and great knowledge of the state's political world."</p><p>In past years, Johnson served as chief financial officer for Alaska Air Group overseeing airport maintenance, services, and engineering. As the senior vice president of customer service at Horizon Air, Johnson oversaw operations at 40 airports across the United States and Canada.</p><p>Gaudino says CWU’s hospitality initiative will benefit from Johnson's knowledge of customer service. "CWU is continuing to improve our service to our students, to the community, our alumni, and everyone who comes to us," Gaudino said. "We look forward to learning from Glenn’s great experience in this area."</p><p>Johnson will serve from April 2014 to September 2017 in a position vacated by Kate Reardon.</p><p>CWU's aviation program, established in 1975, is the only fully accredited public university aviation program in the Northwest. The Horizon Air Direct Hire program allows qualified CWU flight technology graduates to interview with Horizon for flight officer positions with only 750 total flight hours and 50 multi-engine flight hours.</p><p><strong>CONTACT: </strong>Linda Schactler | CWU Public Affairs | Cell: (509) 607-4103 | <a href=""></a></p></a href="">CWU Leadership Team Reorganizes to Focus on Responsibility Centered Management, 16 Jan 2014 09:06:53<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/trustees/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;">Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino today announced a reorganization of the university’s leadership team that will bring new focus to implementing Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) planning for new demands upon university operations, and addressing the June retirement of Chief of Staff Sherer Holter.</span></p><p>Holter will immediately move to the position of vice president of operations, which she will hold through June. Stevan DeSoer, chief human resources officer, will assume the role of vice president of operations on July 1, following Holter’s retirement.&nbsp;</p><p>Linda Schactler, who has served as the executive director of public affairs since 2010, will add the chief of staff duties to her current assignment. George Clark, vice president of finance and business services/chief financial officer, will focus exclusively on university finance: budgeting, auxiliary services, finance, payroll, and enrollment management.</p><p>Gaudino said the adjustments position the cabinet to address new financial, social, and political realities that confront the university.</p><p>“Along with the provost, this experienced and talented team is prepared to address an entirely different world than the one in which we operated five years ago,” said Gaudino, noting that student enrollment has risen by 1,000 students while state funding has fallen by half. “Mr. Clark’s fiscal savvy has to focus on the culture change that Responsibility Centered Management will require.”</p><p>RCM is an approach to operations that drives decision making from the Office of the President to operational units—colleges, in the case of CWU.&nbsp; The college deans are responsible for setting priorities and generating their own revenue through student credit hours. Good decisions reward the colleges that make them and also benefit the university generally. In addition, RCM emphasizes the importance of faculty shared governance in shaping academic units.</p><p>Gaudino said Clark's new fiscal challenges also would include implementing a new budgeting system and transitioning from an accounting system dependent on thousands of&nbsp; “project identification” numbers (PIDs) to a modern and efficient “chart of accounts.”&nbsp; The new system will provide a better understanding of the university’s financial health by articulating the accounts that define each class of items for which money is spent or received.</p><p>The vice president of operations will lead the departments of Information Services, Information Security, Organizational Effectiveness, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Inclusivity and Diversity, and Police and Parking Services.&nbsp; President Gaudino said DeSoer is well prepared to assume the new operations position, which recognizes the extraordinary demands on and the great importance of the university's operational departments.</p><p>“It’s absolutely critical to have strong leadership in the daily operations of CWU along with someone who is a strong operational manager, like Sherer,” said Gaudino, adding that Holter has led the rapid and significant upgrade of university information systems in just a few months. “Steve brings operational understanding and knowledge of the university to this role and will ensure a smooth and transparent transition for our staff and the university. His expertise helps to ensure that we continue to attract a diverse and highly skilled workforce.”</p><p>DeSoer has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and shared governance, having worked at Washington State University and in the University of Alaska system prior to coming to CWU. He holds a master’s degree in education from Boston University.&nbsp; A national search for the new chief human resource officer will begin immediately.</p><p>Schactler assumes chief of staff responsibilities in addition to those of her current position as executive director of Public Affairs, which includes state and federal government relations, marketing, media relations, issue management, and university communications. The chief of staff develops and manages special projects for the president, provides coordination, and acts as liaison with campus officials, and external constituents on all matters of interest to the president, along with serving as secretary to the Board of Trustees.</p><p>“Linda has the common sense, discretion, and organizational skills that this fast-paced position requires,” said Gaudino, noting that Schactler served in a similar capacity as deputy director of the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board from 1996 to 2000.&nbsp;</p><p>Schactler holds a master of arts in English Literature from Washington University (St. Louis). She previously operated an Olympia-based public affairs business and provided issue management and government relations services for CWU for 10 years. She also served as the communications director for the Washington State Senate.</p><p><br>Media contact: Linda Schactler, executive director of CWU Public Affairs, 509-607-4103,<br>&nbsp;</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></br>CWU Preparation, Federal Plan Reduce Government Shutdown Effects on Students, 01 Oct 2013 10:41:10<p>Rapid processing of federal financial aid and federal contingency plans will protect students at Central Washington University from the most extreme effects of the shutdown of the federal government. The failure of Congress to approve a continuing budget resolution by midnight last night will disrupt the operation of federal programs, including agencies and programs that fund higher education research and many student assistance programs.</p><p>"In preparation for the imminent shutdown, CWU requested reimbursement for all federal awards that had incurred costs. However, we can only be reimbursed for funds we've spent," explained Connie Williams, associate vice president for Business and Financial Affairs. "We've received payment for about 83 percent of what has and will be spent in the next few weeks. We'll cover the remaining 17 percent until Congress agrees on a budget."</p><p>Last week CWU received a memo from US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) outlining the contingency plan for the US Department of Education (DOE) in the event of a government shutdown. The memo said work required to process Pell Grants and subsidized and unsubsidized student loans will continue as normal. Federal employees necessary to support those functions are among the agency's top priorities.</p><p>Federal reimbursements to CWU received so far total about $13.7 million in federal loans and $70,000 for the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), a federal assistance grant reserved for college students with the greatest financial need. As of close of business yesterday, the last day of the federal fiscal year, Williams said about $5 million in loan packages had been offered to, but not officially accepted by, students. If the aid is accepted within the next week, CWU may have to cover those payments until Congress approves a budget.</p><p>Of the total Pell grant funding of $5.5 million, CWU has allocated and received federal payment for about $4 million. Williams said CWU also will hold Pell recipients harmless from the effects of the government shutdown.</p><p>"The bottom line is that students, who were awarded and have accepted federal financial grants and loans by September 30, should not be affected by the federal government shut down," said Williams.&nbsp;</p><p>CWU federal research and non-research funding also may be affected, because reimbursement requests for other grants and contracts are typically processed after September 30, the last day of the federal fiscal year. Funding processing may be suspended until a continuing resolution is approved. The university will be able to submit requests for new awards, but they will not be processed until a new continuing resolution is adopted.</p><p>CWU already has received federal funding for the 2013-2014 school year for the McNair Scholars program, the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), Higher Education Program (HEP), Student Support Services (SSS), and for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant, which prepares more than 2,000 middle school students in central Washington for success in college.</p><p>However, CWU’s Army ROTC program received a direct hit. Government Services employees had to be furloughed, which will delay books, tuition, room and board and monthly stipends for cadets, since appropriate paperwork cannot be processed. The program is working with the university to avoid any adverse affects on students.</p><p>At this time there is no information on any impact to veteran’s programs through CWU’s Veterans Center.</p><p>Under the contingency plan of the DOE, 90 percent of employees would be immediately furloughed. During the first week of a shutdown the agency would maintain only functions related to the discharge of the duties of presidentially-appointed, senate-confirmed individuals; the protection of life and property; and, as appropriate, the obligation, payment, and support of student financial aid as well as other pre-authorized payments and obligations.</p><p>A shutdown lasting longer than a week, could affect the processing of student loans/grants and payments. Programs using mandatory or multi-year funding from a prior year would continue to operate through a government shutdown, though likely at a slower rate with far fewer employees. The text of the full OMB Contingency Plan may be accessed at:</p><br><p>Media Contact: Linda Schactler, Executive Director of Public Affairs, 509-963-1384</p><p>October 1, 2013</p></br>