Posts Tagged ‘board of trustees’

Some ‘reader friendly’ background on the budget situation

Friday, February 11th, 2011


A Board of Trustees meeting is happening right now, so here’s a handy breakdown of the budget situation, issued by President Bruce Shepard and written in plainer English than usual.

About a month ago, Shepard said in a blog post that he would be giving a presentation about how damaging the cuts have been, even though a recent audit suggested that, in terms of finances, “we would seem to be doing OK.”

Just so we’re clear, on a blog that has mostly blogged about Shepard lately, I’m now blogging about what Shepard blogged about on his blog.


The Bruce Files: Preparing for cuts, talking points delivered to Board of Trustees

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011


Here we have an e-mail Shepard sent to Board of Trustees members on Sept. 16, the same day that an additional $3 million cut was announced to the university.

It is an explicit example of the president offering talking points to board members.

In one of the more fascinating points, Shepard hints at how out-of-state students will be recruited more heavily in the short term because they rake in more revenue for the university — a confession that admissions officials were careful to avoid in December.


Board of Trustees approves 2010-11 budget — again

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Benjamin Woodard // THE WESTERN FRONT

The third round of budget cuts for this fiscal year were unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees on Oct. 8. The supplemental budget reduces state funding by 6 percent, or just over $3 million. Read about the entire proposal here.

“I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve asked you to [approve] the 2010-11 budget,” Western President Bruce Shepard told the trustees. “It may not be the last time either.”

The Legislature will get their hands on the budget in January, and Western’s administration is concerned about how much more programs will be lost with additional cuts.

In this round, and the others, Western has protected core undergraduate programs, but lost graduate programs, including the Student Affairs Administration program. Read the full story here.

A trustee warned the board of “tremendous cuts” in January from the Legislature.

Listen to the Oct. 7 meeting here (part one) and here (part two), and the Oct. 8 meeting here (part one), and here (part two).