Update on budget; Outstanding Programs

An update on our budget status

There has been considerable news coverage lately across Wisconsin and locally about the impact of the 2015-17 state budget on all campuses in the University of Wisconsin System, including here at UW-Stout. As we near the end of the first fiscal year of the biennium, it is time to assess what the effects have been on our institution and what challenges we see in the future.

We have prepared a one-page sheet that summarizes the positive news that we continue to experience at UW-Stout; ways that we address the affordability issue; the overall numbers involved in our 2015-17 budget cut and how we responded; and the challenges we foresee in the future. To accompany that sheet, we prepared a narrative that explains the budget categories and gives details to round out the picture. We have posted both of those documents at our state budget website. I encourage you to review them. Additionally, the UW System has posted all of the one-page summaries here for the public to review.

As our documents indicate, we are doing everything possible to lessen the impact of the budget on our academic area and to keep the job cuts as minimal as possible. As our documents also indicate, however, our biggest challenge remains in the area of our salaries for faculty and staff, which are far below our peers and are having a dramatic effect on our ability to keep and retain the employees we depend on every day and make crucial contributions and deliver the positive news that the campus currently enjoys.

To more fully explain these issues and to answer your questions, we have scheduled a budget forum for 9:05 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, in the Ballrooms of the Memorial Student Center. I am pleased to announce that Regina Millner, president of the Board of Regents, tentatively is scheduled to attend the forum, and other Regents may attend as well. Furthermore, UW System President Ray Cross will be on campus Thursday, April 28, for a number of meetings and events and will hold a campus forum from 11:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. in 290 Micheels Hall.

I hope as many students, faculty and staff as possible attend these important events. It is crucial that we communicate as fully as possible exactly what the budget has meant for us as an institution, how we have responded, and what challenges remain.

I also want to thank the students, faculty and staff for helping us address the issues created by the 2015-17 state budget and working towards an even brighter future for UW-Stout.

Our programs continue to excel

It has come to my attention recently that three of our programs have achieved national recognition:

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These rankings reflect the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff and program directors. Thank you to all of the faculty and staff for your continuing commitment to the university and our students during this challenging time.

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