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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 30, 2013

     
We have a wonderful equestrian center that suits a wonderful purpose. Why not look into ways to expand the useful of the facility. The University could hold horse related clinics with big nametrainers offered to the public for a fee. Or be the venue for some type of equine centered exposition or show open to the community. Could we entertain the thought of offering an equestrian program either in part or whole?


Suggested Strategies: Reduce department Budgets and incentivize departments to generate revenue. Initiate a parking fee for faculty and students -- use the money to pay for costs related to parking and maintenance of grounds. Combine departments. Assign faculty in departments that are not meeting enrollment goals to teach large Liberal Studies courses or online courses. Decrease funding for professional development. Decrease sports teams that are not generating revenue and are not central to the academic mission of the university. Allow attrition and retirements to reduce the workforce naturally.


As a commuter student, I hate that I have to pay for services I do not use (the ARC, for example). I feel like if you want to charge students for some of what is built into our tuition thencharge those who WANT to use it. This way, you’re still creating revenue but not taking it from students who do not want to pay for certain services. Another idea is to charge a small fee (maybe $25 a semester, for example) for recognized organizations on campus. The school website says there are over 150 clubs and organizations, so 150 clubs x $25 is $3,750 per semester. If there are 25 students in a club, they would pay a dollar each.

 
Can FYRST seminar somehow be placed within foundation courses within departments? I value FYRST seminar since I believe it really benefits first year students and I believe our retention rates are what they are because of programs like FYRST. The university commits to at least 65 1-credit overloads which is a substantial financial commitment, maybe that can be considered. There are several departments that have small class sizes simply by looking at the master schedule. In order to work at "full capacity", is there some way to define what full capacity is for each college so to make sure that the university is not losing money when offering courses that have 10 students as opposed to other classes that have a minimum of 30-35. I realize that some departments do have large classes as well. Consider charging faculty and staff $50-$100 per year for parking. With close to 1000 faculty and staff, the numbers look pretty good. I don't know how it all works so of course these are only suggestions. 


1. Instead of a link to the budget from the front page of the SRU website, put a link to donate to the University. Alumni, faculty and staff, students, and parents would all see this button as they view the webpage. 2. Charge faculty and staff for parking. Possibly have a reserved parking section where students can pay more for a pass but have a guaranteed spot on campus. Parking is a huge issue on campus and I know a lot of students or even faculty would pay for this perk. 3. Work with AVI to donate all of the leftover flex money from students to the University to help cover the budget. Rather than having students buy cases of Gatorade for over $20 or simply losing their funds if they don't spend them in time, the money could go back to the University. 4. Focus on the courses that students have to take to earn their degrees. Require less liberal studies courses and more major courses. Students will come out of school with more knowledge of their chosen field, and the budgets could be cut for departments that basically thrive off of only liberal studies requirements. 5. Encourage offices to do more through e-mail and print much less. Do this by rewarding or recognizing those departments that really use less paper. 6. Focus less on projects that are not important. There are a lot of construction projects on campus that are verycostly and are not really necessary right now. 7. Reach out to local businesses and corporations for support. When hosting events such as luncheons, ask for local restaurants to offer a discount if you use them frequently. These luncheons are very costly and add up quickly. 8. Cut budgets by very small increments. Cut every department's monthly budget by $100. It's something that can easily be done and can be the difference of just a few office supplies, but it would add up when applied all around campus.

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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