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Budget update forum held for students

ATHENS, Ohio (April 21, 2004) -- As part of an ongoing effort to provide information and perspective on the university budget, President Robert Glidden opened a series of campus-wide forums by visiting with students on Tuesday evening. Following a presentation of the institution's budget planning process and details of the FY05 proposal forwarded to the Board of Trustees for review and consideration, President Glidden fielded questions ranging from technology expenditures and public access to budget information to the cost of quelling student disturbances and coordination of higher education advocacy efforts.

The presentation highlighted finite resources and dwindling state support as the backdrop against which the University seeks to protect its strengths, adhere to its mission and balance access with the need to maintain quality in providing outstanding undergraduate education. Explanations of the University's request for a 9 percent tuition increase and need for a compensation pool based upon 3.5 percent of the institution's total payroll were also included. Additional details of the budget proposal are available on the budget update site linked to the Ohio University home page at www.ohio.edu/outlook/289n-034.cfm.  

The series of open forums resumes on Thursday as Dr. Glidden visits with administrative and classified staff along with bargaining unit employees. The schedule includes:

  • Classified Staff from 9 to 10 a.m.
  • Administrative Staff from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • AFSCME from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

All sessions will be held in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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