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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 16, 2013

Consider offering dedicated/numbered parking spots for a fee. Parking is such an issue; I’m sure a lot of people would be willing to pay for a guaranteed parking spot. Many upper level administrators enjoy this perk for free. Maybe they should pay for the perktoo? Another idea is to put a stop to all the remodeling on campus. A greatdeal of money is being spent on remodeling of dean’s and faculty offices, library, and classrooms. I understand that special, very expensive; work has to be done because of asbestos before a lot of the remodeling, which adds to the cost. There are many offices on campus that have more than one computer andmany of those computers have more than 1 screen. I’m sure these kinds of extras must cost more than having a single regular computer, not to mention the extra electricity to run them. Also, why do some employees have iPads, laptops and computers? Is all that really necessary? Does AVI pay rent to the University? Do they pay their utility usage? If they don’t, they should. Take a close look at people in Director’s positions. Several of them don’t ‘direct’ anyone. Should they be classified as Directors and paid as Directors if their duties don’t include any kind of direction? I’ve heard that SRU is spending $24+ million dollars to renovate the Miller Theater building for the Theater andDance departments. Do the Theater and Dance majors really bring in this kind of revenue? If this money can’t be reallocated, can the building renovations be designed so that more departments could make use of the facility or possibly outside groups to bring in more rental monies? I’ve seen a lot of really expensive looking write-on boards that work with computers being installed in many classrooms. Are these really necessary? How much money is spent on annual sexual harassment training? Consider changing this to every two years. How about moving to a 4 day work week (still totaling a full week of work)? This would save a lot of money on heating and air conditioning. All but one of the new residential suites do not have “names”. Consider selling the naming rights?

Can something be done with the former Faculty & Staff Dining area? It seems like a waste of space now, both dining room and kitchen. There should be some way to use that space to generate revenue.

Revenue/investment suggestions:

  1. Online certification programs for the shale and gas industry. 
  2. Seek grants for rehabilitating veterans for employment and reintroduction back to society.
  3. Establish shared service agreements with high schools needing technology support. Use IT students dressed in SRU Green to lend support.
  4. Run visible high school STEM competitions with first year tuition discounts andawards to winning teams.
  5. Take students on recruiting visits and to college fairs.
  6. Establish high school alumni teachers’ network to lead local recruiting and information exchange.
  7. Incentivize students to recruit a buddy to SRU.
  8. Develop retention incentives.
  9. Create shortened (blended) master’s degree programs in growth majors.
  10. Offer Emergency Services Academies.
  11. Send T-Shirts to newly admitted students while still in high school.

  Alternatives to layoffs:
  1. Summer hours all year. 
  2. Five unpaid days for all employees each year for the next 3 years.
  3. Adopting a voluntary separation program (VSP) that includes some incentives.
  4. Cutting waste—especially with suggestions from front-line employees themselves.
  5. Freezing or reducing hiring.
  6. Eliminating or reducing overtime.
  7. Suspending use of temporary and part-time employees unless the need and cost savings has been audited by finance.
  8. Restructuring jobs and creating work-sharing arrangements.
  9. Transfers or furloughs for limited periods.Increase efforts to recruit international students to compensate for declining enrollments at home. Increase efforts to get corporate sponsorships.

Increase efforts to recruit international students to compensate for declining enrollments at home. Increase efforts to get corporate sponsorships.

  If Kraus Hall is to be torn down, has anyone considered building a parking garage in its place?

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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