You Are Invited to Participate in the Budget Open Forum, 12/8/17 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

December 6, 2017

The University Resources & Planning Committee (URPC) will facilitate an interactive Budget Open Forum on Friday, December 8, from 1pm – 3pm, in Goodwin Forum. This event will be fishbowl style, small groups discussions on select Phase 2 reduction options under consideration. Please review the Phase 2 Reduction Options

Key discussions will be held on the following topics, please select a topic to participate in a group discussion:

Phase 2



Reduce assigned time for faculty

1.5 & 1.8

Increase class size (when possible) and Reduce WTUs by reducing the number of courses offered.


Developing a Strategic Enrollment Management plan to guide long-term recruitment and retention efforts


Explore partnerships and/or privatizing the Children’s Center at current or other locations


Gain staff and budget efficiencies by reducing duplication of student support services / programming across the campus (including but not limited to Academic & Student Affairs)


Consolidate Auxiliary Organizations


Reduce overall travel costs and develop a more equitable travel structure across campus


Eliminate internal chargebacks and make cost of doing business activities a University Wide expense

4.1, 6.3, 6.4, 6.6

Organizational Redesign:
Administration/management structure(Oct. 31st Open Forum suggestion); Integrate Student Financial Services & Financial Aid; Merge &/or co-locate departments, units, or existing functions; Administrative services redesign - shared services budget/financial support model; Explore position management strategies

Plus, depending upon time constraints, conversations will include:

  • Brainstorm or discuss ideas for cutting budget. (complete list of ideas provided & Linked)

  • Brainstorm what to stop (reduce cost by stopping a service, etc.) and what can we innovate to improve the budget.

Hope to see you there!

Mark & Alex

Co-Chairs of URPC