The President and Provost have asked all Deans and Vice Presidents to review the work of their planning units and to identify work that we are doing that is critical to our success as an academic institution and to consider every option to conserve resources or generate revenue – both in the short term to help weather the pandemic, but also with an eye to where we want to be when the pandemic is over.
Working with unit leaders within their areas, planning unit heads developed recommendations for reductions. Leaders were instructed not to think in the context of hitting a pre-defined target or achieving across-the-board cuts, but rather to think strategically about meeting our financial challenges through strategic reductions while protecting our student experience. They were also asked to propose plans based on data. For example, changes in instructional capacity should be informed by credit hour production realities. Proposed plans have been shared with the President, Provost and Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration for review, revision and approval.
Decisions that are across the board or impact university policy, such as the development of a new interim furlough policy, are being vetted and revised through our shared governance structure.