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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 31, 2013

    It seems to me that the solution to the budget problem must be creative above all else. Cutting faculty is obvious, not creative. Perhaps we need to find ways of raising money for the university, as a correlate of promoting all of the good news about SRU. In response to a comment from August 29, it's necessary to point out that not reimbursing faculty for scholarly travel is a terrible idea. If in fact "quality education" is one of SRU's principle goals, then the promotion of faculty scholarship should be a priority. You cannot have quality education without quality--that is, active, growing, and even cutting-edge--faculty. Yes, travel is part of a faculty person's job. This is precisely why it should be supported by the university. All job related expenses should be reimbursed.


While economies need to be made on all sides, I concur with the importance of making the case to the chancellor and to the public about the value of higher education and of SRU in particular. While faculty can add their voice, doing so seems to me a primary responsibility of administrative leaders, enlisting students as well to lobby legislators, as was done in the last round of draconian budgetary cuts. The current climate of anti-tax, anti-government talk needs to be countered with a discourse regarding the worth of the common good, the role of public education and taxes as a legitimate way in which the citizens provide for the welfare of the state, nation, and future generations. Privatizing and individual interest have left us with unprecedented income inequality. Finally, it is counterproductive to collective budgetary efforts to suggest that one or another constituency at the university is routinely taking advantage of or wasting opportunities for professional development such as conference travel and presentation or sabbaticals. These opportunities are vital to recruitment, customary in business as well as academe, and particularly important at an institution like ours with a high workload of teaching, research, and service obligations. Substantiated claims about faculty, staff, or administrative misconduct should be reported; unsubstantiated generalizations are divisive to the loyalty and morale that will be important to maintain, as decisions are made. And they are a disservice to those doing so much unstinting and extraordinary work across the university.


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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