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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 20, 2013

  First you need to stop promoting people when you are talking laying people off. You should NEVER promote when you are takingother people’s lively hood away. I understand there were several promotions made recently & not to positions that needed filled.

Second, we need to look at how top heavy we are. Do we really need all this management. We have 3 managers in our Dept. for 15 staff. There used to only be one. I would say that is a bit top heavy wouldn't you? The parking office is now run by a manager and it used to be run by a supervisor. Also, the parking officer position has been eliminated & it was a position that paid for itself & also brought money into the University. Now we have created a management position that cost money and got rid of a position that produced money. Is this logical? Also, I agree we should raise the cost of parking permits. $25 is nothing, raise it to $50 or $75 that would bring in a lot of extra money and nobody would blink an eye. Some universities charge as much as $600 or $700 a year. From my understanding we have created a lot of positions that used to be done part time and are now deemed a full time position & some now are being paid at a management level. Maybe they can still be done at a part time level. We should look into this.

Third we could really cut back on all the paper & printing cost by simply using e-mail. Most everything that comes into our dept. just gets pitched in the garbage. We waste way to much on these printed items. Some things are printed in color on gloss paper that has to cost a fortune just to be thrown away and never read. Someone suggested getting rid of some of the state vehicles, that would be wise. It would save a lot of money. We have two guys that maintain all these vehicles. That's a lot to expect of them yet we have so many managers over so few people. There’s not enough expected of them. Wouldn't you agree?

Fourth, we should push Harrisburg to reallocate funding for building new buildings and put the funds into more vital areas. I constantly hear how the money has to be spent for the buildings but it could be reallocated for better use couldn't it? Giving these kids a good education is much more important than constantly building. Also, make these contractors do the job you are paying them for. If it isn't done right make them fix it at their expense. So much is constantly being redone around here because it wasn't done right in the first place.

Fifth, we are pumping tons of money into this emergency alert system Metis on campus & is it really worthy of the money being spent? You cannot even talk with the University police through it. Wouldn't it be more efficient to place direct call phones that you could call the police and speak directly to them? Someone should talk with the people who use the system and see how they feel about it's efficiency before spending larger amounts of money on it. Something a lot less costly could be much more efficient & worthy to our students safety.

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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