In an e-mail message Tuesday, Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and interim Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Mike Angelini updated faculty and staff on the budget planning process and outlined ways the university community can contribute to upcoming budget discussions.
Benoit and Angelini shared that the university?s planning units have all submitted 5 percent and 10 percent budget reduction scenarios as of Feb. 1. The scenarios outline possible ways units could operate with a 5 percent or a 10 percent base budget reduction and do not represent final plans.
"It is important to emphasize that no decisions have been made at this juncture on what elements of the scenarios will be part of the final budget recommendations or what level of cuts any planning unit might receive," they said.
With President Roderick J. McDavis, Angelini and Benoit are currently reviewing the submitted material for the purpose of assembling a draft set of budget recommendations to be shared with the university community on Monday, Feb. 15.
The memo also stressed a commitment to providing time for substantive review and input by the university community as a part of the budget process. As a result, the university will hold three focused budget forums sponsored by constituent senates and one general budget forum during February. (See sidebar)
The budget suggestion Web site will also be reopened to gather comments from the university community on the draft budget recommendations. This site will be accessible from the University Budget Update page from Feb. 15 through March 12.
Click here to view the full memo in PDF format.