The WSU Board of Regents approved the university’s supplemental budget request during their meeting on Friday at the Tulalip Casino and Resort. Their next meeting will be held Nov. 18 at WSU-Spokane.
Below are some of the most important notes from Friday’s meeting.
Approved during Friday’s meeting:
A capital budget request of $35.8 million to complete funding for the Riverpoint Biomedical and Health Sciences Building in Spokane
An increase in the budget for the renovation of Duncan-Dunn and Community Residence Halls from $21.6 million to $24.6 million
Renaming the administration building at WSU Vancouver to the Harold A. Dengerink Administration Building in honor of Chancellor Hal Dengerink.
Amendments to the investment policy statement of the consolidated endowment fund to reflect updated state regulations
A new framework for international operations to facilitate establishment of WSU research and outreach in foreign countries
What’s coming up:
ASWSU will work toward requiring WSU faculty members to post mid-term grades for all students, not exclusively freshmen.
Budget officials will create outlines of how WSU would respond to possible additional reductions of five- and ten- percent in its state allocation for this fiscal year.
“We must be very strategic in what we do, to maintain the quality of excellence at Washington State University.”
“We need to begin a conversation regarding tuition … The reality, however, is that we cannot balance our budget on the backs of our students.”
Elson S. Floyd—University President
“With an increase in students and a budget that is going in the opposite direction, we feel mid-term grades are one of the easiest ways for our institution to improve our academic process … Students would really appreciate your support on this mission."
Riley Myklebust—ASWSU President
“I think if there is one concern that comes from the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts… They are concerned about combining the two colleges, and their concern is that they will somehow be devalued in that process. It’s not my opinion, but I feel like I should convey that to you guys.”
David Turnbull—Chair-Elect of Faculty Senate