Western Washington University released its draft 2011-13 operating budget on Wednesday afternoon, June 8.
The WWU Board of Trustees is scheduled to adopt the budget on Friday morning.
The university is budgeted for about $128 million in expenditures for the 2011-12 school year. About $40 million will come from the state and about $78 million is expected to come from tuition, which includes a 16 percent increase for resident undergraduates and increases that are the same dollar amount for other students. About $10 million of the budget is expected to come from an increase in administrative services assessment revenue (an increased fee charged to the university’s auxiliary programs) and one-time funds (reserves) and salary savings.
Overall, the reduction to the university’s base budget (the recurring amount expected year to year) is about 2 percent for the 2011-13 biennium.
About 34 percent of the operating budget will come from the state and about 66 percent comes from tuition and other fees.
For the 2010-11 school year, the university’s operating budget is about $121.7 million, with about 45 percent from the state and 55 percent from tuition.
For the 2011-13 biennium, university divisions will have an average expenditure reduction of 1.5 percent. Cuts are not across the board, with emphasis given to academics. The university went through a rebasing process this spring, looking at everything it does and determining where strengths are so that resources can be directed that way. Through rebasing, the Academic Affairs division will have an increase of about $6 million over the biennium.
The university’s biennial budget also includes about $7.3 million to be spent on increasing financial aid, backfilling some state cuts to work study programs, hiring tenure-track faculty after a three-year freeze (this is likely to happen in 2012-13 rather than 2011-12), increase course availability for high-demand areas, address bottleneck issues, and not do across-the-board pay cuts (which are outlined in the state budget).
I’ll be combing through the budget later today, and will be writing about it tomorrow after it’s adopted by the Board of Trustees. However, if you’re interested in digging yourself, here are the links to view the various parts.