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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 10, 2013

Put some of SRU's under used land to work for us by planting fields and harvesting plants and/or seeds for a conservation seed farm such as Ernst Farms. This could create revenue and also create opportunities for our students to learn and do research in sustainability, native and naturalized plants, wildlife habitat, renewable biomass, and bioengineering among others.

I believe SRU could save a lot of money if the number of printed notices, memos and advertisements for campus events would be sent via email instead. Everyone on campus has access to a copier that can scan a document into a PDF file that could easily be emailed to recipients instead of wasting paper, envelopes, and staff time to print/fold/stuff/label the mailings.

Increase the fall student parking permits to $50.00 and add a fee to cover costs for staff and faculty. Paving the lots, painting lines, purchasing and placing signs and staffing the parking office would be funded by permit money without a burden on the budget. Identify full time positions that could be or once were part-time and cross train staff. Give back this year’s pay increase and forgo any for the next three years as well. Give staff the option of working 9 or 10 months. Identify where we are heavily staffed from the top down and cut accordingly. Reach out to students who were rejected after an established date and offer them admission.

  1. Stop wasting money on annual plants (pansies, etc) that die each year. Purchase perennials that come back every year and most of them spread, so they can be split and planted somewhere else.
  2. Start trying to raise money instead of trying to find ways to eliminate jobs, andstop blaming the budget crisis on the employees. Our union negotiated contracts did not create this deficit. Don't expect us to fix it.
  3. Start ticketing students who park in staff parking. I could raise you $300-$400 or more per day if I got to hand out tickets. Staff should not have to park clear on the opposite end of campus from their offices.
  4. Stop wasting money on improvements. "Improvements" can wait. Spend the resources on upkeep. New garbage cans and dozens of expensive chandeliers for North Hall are unnecessary.
  5. Put a furlough on sabbaticals or at least demand that the sabbatical be used for research and require proof be presented that it was used effectively and not just as a vacation.
  6. Limit travel. Faculty should be responsible for at least part of their travel. The University pays for them to attend conferences and obtain certificates and such related to their field. The bettering of faculty doesn't just enhance the University, it also enhances the individual who could leave and go somewhere else with the SRU paid "new knowledge."
  7. Marcellus Shale...enough said.
  8. Offer more online classes in Fall and Spring and re-evaluate how you pay faculty to "teach" them. For some of the online classes I have taken, it is obvious that not a lot of work goes into it on the faculty's part.
  9. If current management cannot come up with ways to cuts costs and raise funds then fire them and hire someone who can. It is not fair to expect the staff to do someone else's job. We do enough of that already.

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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