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Academic Affairs Budget Update June 6, 2011. Roller Coaster is Over $535M in cuts to higher education $535M in cuts to higher education State need grant.

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1 Academic Affairs Budget Update June 6, 2011

2 Roller Coaster is Over $535M in cuts to higher education $535M in cuts to higher education State need grant (+$124 M to keep up w tuition increases) State need grant (+$124 M to keep up w tuition increases) State work study slashed State work study slashed Historic inequity in per student funding of Western students rectified in part Historic inequity in per student funding of Western students rectified in part Net +$18M correction Net +$18M correction Many to thank for this Many to thank for this Major classroom upgrade of departmental classrooms and Fraser Hall; PAC; Carver Major classroom upgrade of departmental classrooms and Fraser Hall; PAC; Carver

3 Vetting of Proposed Cuts/Changes Nearing Conclusion UPRC wrapped up its meeting last Wednesday UPRC wrapped up its meeting last Wednesday VPs and deans continue to process/forward input VPs and deans continue to process/forward input Many external stakeholders actively engaged Many external stakeholders actively engaged Study groups underway, to be finished by December Study groups underway, to be finished by December

4 Rebasing Process Adjusting to lower base funding from State 1. Cuts 2. Reallocation to more critical/core/quality functions University level ($1.9M in ; $2.6M in ) University level ($1.9M in ; $2.6M in ) Division level ($1.5M both years of biennium) Division level ($1.5M both years of biennium) College level (minimum 2%) College level (minimum 2%) Department level Department level 3. Rebasing will be ongoing process in academic division

5 Constraints on Cuts Sustain quality Sustain quality Maintain seats in classes Maintain seats in classes Reduce bottlenecks Reduce bottlenecks Improve time to degree (new legislation) Improve time to degree (new legislation) Sustain teaching loads Sustain teaching loads Do not eliminate any filled tenure track or tenured position Do not eliminate any filled tenure track or tenured position Teach out all majors and graduate programs Teach out all majors and graduate programs

6 Opportunities Given Constraints Eliminate very small class sizes Eliminate very small class sizes Shift enrollment to classes with excess capacity Shift enrollment to classes with excess capacity Shift enrollment to classes with higher caps Shift enrollment to classes with higher caps Increase class size and compensate with supports (e.g., TA) Increase class size and compensate with supports (e.g., TA) Expand (modestly) number of very large classes, along with appropriate supports Expand (modestly) number of very large classes, along with appropriate supports Condense/compress/eliminate some minors, majors, and graduate and certificate programs Condense/compress/eliminate some minors, majors, and graduate and certificate programs Reduce options within majors/GURs/graduate programs Reduce options within majors/GURs/graduate programs

7 Opportunities Given Constraints Eliminate very small class sizes NOW Eliminate very small class sizes NOW Shift enrollment to classes with excess capacity GRADUAL Shift enrollment to classes with excess capacity GRADUAL Shift enrollment to classes with higher caps NOW Shift enrollment to classes with higher caps NOW Increase class size and compensate with supports (e.g., TA) NOW Increase class size and compensate with supports (e.g., TA) NOW Expand (modestly) number of very large classes, along with appropriate supports NOW Expand (modestly) number of very large classes, along with appropriate supports NOW Condense/compress/eliminate some minors, majors, and graduate and certificate programs GRADUAL Condense/compress/eliminate some minors, majors, and graduate and certificate programs GRADUAL Reduce options within majors/GURs NOW Reduce options within majors/GURs NOW

8 Desired Outcomes Changes are best of available alternatives; informed by discipline experts Changes are best of available alternatives; informed by discipline experts Quality sustained=Preserve the promise Quality sustained=Preserve the promise Access to required classes sustained and improved Access to required classes sustained and improved Time to degree sustained and reduced in some instances Time to degree sustained and reduced in some instances Students recognize above and that critical programs retained Students recognize above and that critical programs retained Faculty workload sustained Faculty workload sustained Faculty workload more equitable while still respecting disciplinary realities Faculty workload more equitable while still respecting disciplinary realities Efficiencies achieved across division Efficiencies achieved across division Prepared to return to tenure track hiring in areas critical to Westerns future Prepared to return to tenure track hiring in areas critical to Westerns future Retain strong faculty Retain strong faculty Prepared to adjust compensation as opportunity arises Prepared to adjust compensation as opportunity arises

9 Timeline with Division Immediate Immediate 30 positions eliminated from colleges; primarily vacant faculty lines 30 positions eliminated from colleges; primarily vacant faculty lines 5 positions eliminated from non-college units 5 positions eliminated from non-college units By July 1, 2011 By July 1, 2011 Rebasing by university Rebasing by university Rebasing within the division Rebasing within the division By October 15, 2011 By October 15, 2011 Approval of some tenure track searches for Approval of some tenure track searches for By December By December Final rebasing plans within colleges Final rebasing plans within colleges Specifics on cost savings in colleges Specifics on cost savings in colleges

10 Changes Taking Forward Process Review of all graduate programs (Fall) Review of all graduate programs (Fall) Computer science will develop ambitious five year plan with external stakeholders (Fall) Computer science will develop ambitious five year plan with external stakeholders (Fall) Cost Savings Program revisionCBE, CFPA, CHSS, CST, Fairhaven, Huxley, Woodring Program revisionCBE, CFPA, CHSS, CST, Fairhaven, Huxley, Woodring Program eliminationCHSS; CFPA; Huxley; Woodring Program eliminationCHSS; CFPA; Huxley; Woodring ReorganizationIT; AA; Woodring ReorganizationIT; AA; Woodring Revenue Increases MBA differential tuition (Fall) MBA differential tuition (Fall)

11 Changes Not Taking Forward Eliminate Fairhaven or Huxley, but will see major transformation in both colleges and closer relationships outside of college Eliminate Fairhaven or Huxley, but will see major transformation in both colleges and closer relationships outside of college Combining Liberal Studies and History Depts, but will involve Liberal Studies in discussion of GUR revision and expansion Combining Liberal Studies and History Depts, but will involve Liberal Studies in discussion of GUR revision and expansion Shift of any undergraduate program to fee-based model (except those offered exclusively through summer programs) Shift of any undergraduate program to fee-based model (except those offered exclusively through summer programs) Decentralize Graduate School, but will evaluate all graduate programs in the fall Decentralize Graduate School, but will evaluate all graduate programs in the fall Eliminate funding for fellowship director, but will retain funding to support students seeking fellowships Eliminate funding for fellowship director, but will retain funding to support students seeking fellowships

12 WWU in Future Better positioned for the future Better positioned for the future Avoid the slippery slope to mediocrity Avoid the slippery slope to mediocrity Inside Higher Ed: In For Nasty Weather Inside Higher Ed: In For Nasty Weather Inside Higher Ed: In For Nasty Weather Inside Higher Ed: In For Nasty Weather Rebasing will continue to be needed Rebasing will continue to be needed Many good ideas in strategic planning process Many good ideas in strategic planning process Change will stay with us Change will stay with us

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