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Slippery Rock University is committed to fully informing its community regarding budget developments. This site has been created to provide faculty, students, staff and other visitors with timely updates, planning processes, and communication regarding the 2013/14 University budget. Please consult this page regularly for the latest information



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Budget suggestions: August 29, 2013

  Providing reimbursement for travel should be seriously looked at. Why reimburse people for traveling when it is PART OF THEIR JOB? People abuse the system the way that it is currently set up. Travel to conferences should be paid by the professors, and not the university. Travel money paid to supervisors for visits to student teachers should be eliminated. The university can save millions. Consider NOT providing a free education to children of employees! This is a discriminatory and unfair policy. What "perk" do employees WITHOUT children get?

We will figure something out that will get us through this year and the next somehow. My suggestion, however, is that we stop pretending to our students, their families, the Board of Governors, the Legislature, the Governor himself, and the general public that we can meet the "challenges" our state system institutions face without increased help from outside the institutions. Indeed, current budget problems are not a "one-time blip." They have been building for years and the Slippery Rock faculty, staff, and administration has been finding "efficiencies" and making difficult cuts year-after-year. The effect has been that our institutions were placed in extremely vulnerable positions before the economy was deemed fragile, and before the population of high school graduates began to decline. Without a policy reversal at the state level, our institutions will not be able to offer programs of the same quality as those offered by institutions with tuitions of thirty to forty thousand a year or more and/or endowments of more than a half a billion. To acknowledge that reality is to truly look at the situation squarely. Whatever we do at Slippery Rock, it is imperative that our new chancellor and the board of governors succeed in convincing the governor and legislature that the state system schools cannot continue to offer the same quality of education to its students without increased support. Those people cannot look at our troubles as a "one-time blip" either, but as a direct result of evolving public policy over the past twenty years.

President Norton

September 30, 2013

Last Friday, the Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees officially approved the fiscal year 2013-14 budget.

As I shared with you earlier this year in my State of the University address, we started the fiscal year with a $5.2 million structural budget deficit.  Through the efforts of many people, we were able to present the trustees with a balanced budget.

So, how’d we do it?
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