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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: September 3, 2013


Lease our 700 acres for natural gas drilling. 700 x $3,500 per acre = $2,450,000. Royalties from gas extracted will exceed the lease value. The opportunity to make the university a research lab for the affects of gas exploration are huge. This will also provide a possible internship site for Geology and Safety Management Majors.


Thank you for asking our input! I do have a few suggestions but question if they are feasible.

  1. Housekeeping should clean faculty offices and secretarial areas only 1 x / week. Faculty/staff would dispose of their own garbage in a common lounge area. This cost saving measure has been employed at the Pa State Park system and might work on campus. Raise the temperature in the summer and lower the temperature in the winter. It is too cold in the summer.
  2. Go green! Encourage faculty to have students bring laptops or iPads to class rather than having to photocopy materials. (I know Chatham University in Pittsburgh has done this for their PT program; we can too!)
  3. Develop more programs like PA, CRNP, or OT. Perhaps a grant could pay for the feasibility study? I would suggest we add more students to our PT program BUT we already face so many obstacles in the ability of our large class with experiential activities, competency assessment, etc. We have the largest program around. Add another food cart to outside the library or another building to increase revenue.
  4. Hold all people accountable, faculty / staff. We need to all be ambassadors of this University! I wish you a good semester. Good luck with this endeavor!


I feel staff travel should be reviewed, we waste resources each year sending staff to expensive conferences. I also feel like a lot of people take advantage of these situations and use the resources improperly. We should also review spending on staff, for example, this year I saw many staff WOW volunteers with several different WOW shirts. Is this an appropriate use of the budget? These staff members had nice polos and t-shirts! Do they really need 2 different types of shirts? Simple budget adjustments such as this one can make a huge difference. Also, conservation is key in any budget deficit or not. Keeping the 8-4 schedule would be helpful and not extend the workday; therefore, cutting back on energy.

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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