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Sequestration cuts to higher ed hurt U.S. competitiveness
December 4, 2013

perspectives-2012-120pPULLMAN, Wash. – Congressional leaders face a critical deadline next week – they must reach a budget agreement by Dec. 13 or the next round of sequester cuts goes into effect, reducing vital government programs by billions of dollars for the second year in a row.

John Gardner offers insights into reorganization
October 20, 2010


John Gardner (Photo by Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services)



PULLMAN – John Gardner, vice president of Advancement and External Affairs, was assigned in mid-August to lead radical reconstructive surgery among several major university offices. The goal is to flatten the administrative structure, reduce costs and increase collaborative efforts and effectiveness, particularly in the area of fundraising. 


To provide some insights and a prognosis on the procedure, Gardner candidly answered a number of key questions in a recent interview with WSU Today.


Gardner came to WSU in June 2007, when he … » More …

Floyd discusses budget plans, progress
September 30, 2010




PULLMAN – WSU leaders are working toward implementing strategic budget cuts, not across-the-board cuts, said President Elson S. Floyd in Wednesday’s State of the University address.


He has asked administrative vice presidents to submit budget plans for their areas by Oct. 15 and he expects to hold public hearings on those plans later this year.


“Everything must and should be on the table as we attempt to balance the budget,” Floyd said.


No across-the-board cuts

During the question-and-answer session following the speech, he said he does not plan to make cuts across the board, because such cuts lead … » More …

Public forum set for 11 a.m. Monday in CUB ballroom
August 13, 2010

WSU President Elson S. Floyd has scheduled a public forum for Monday at 11 a.m. in the Compton Union Building Senior Ballroom to answer questions and hear comments related to an administrative reorganization that was announced on Friday.


President Floyd’s memorandum to the university community can be found here.

The university’s new organizational chart can be found here.


For those who cannot attend the public forum in person, you can view the live video stream at


The following group viewing locations have been reserved for our branch campus and WSU West colleagues:
• Spokane … » More …

Rethinking priorities in unsettled times
May 6, 2009



In his May 5, 2009, blog entry, Howard Grimes, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School, talks about the ups and downs of funding and how WSU can respond to forge a strong future. To read the blog, click on the link the box below.


WSU addresses questions about cuts, tuition
May 1, 2009

During what he called the most difficult day in his 15 years of serving as a president of universities, WSU President Elson S. Floyd on Friday answered questions with Provost Warwick Bayly in a press conference and a later public session about the preliminary budget-reduction plan announced earlier in the day.

Floyd said the plan would eliminate 165 vacant positions and 206 that are filled across the statewide WSU system. But because the plan is preliminary, no one will receive official notice of termination until June 1 at the earliest.

Until June 1, the university is encouraging staff, faculty and students to … » More …

Faculty Senate: Budget motion rejected, A2P2 changes approved
April 24, 2009

A motion to enhance faculty input to pending budget decisions failed in the Faculty Senate Thursday. Opponents said it was too late in the process and there had been opportunity for – and acceptance of – faculty input from the beginning of the process.

The Faculty Senate also approved a variety of program and degree changes, many the result of the academic affairs program prioritization (A2P2) process that began in early 2008 (see

And the senate heard an anticipated budget timeline from President Elson S. Floyd, including: a special regents meeting April 29 to preview the budget expected from the state Legislature on … » More …

Senate proposes 20 percent budget cut
March 31, 2009

OLYMPIA — WSU will lose 20 percent of its current state funding base under a proposed 2009-2011 budget announced March 30 by Senate leadership and under consideration by the Senate Ways and Means Committee.


“We at WSU recognize that the Legislature is dealing with the impact of an economic crisis that is unparalleled since the Great Depression,” WSU President Elson Floyd said today. “At the same time, we strongly believe that higher education must be a central part of the solution to this crisis. Budget cuts of the magnitude of those in the Senate’s budget would have a dramatic impact on WSU. Layoffs … » More …

WSU slows hiring: President prepares for uncertain economy
April 23, 2008

Staff job openings will be held vacant and new academic programs, degrees and courses won’t be added as WSU responds to a request from President Elson S. Floyd to prepare for economic uncertainty in the coming fiscal year.


Except for emergency/essential positions, administrative/professional jobs won’t be filled or added. Nor will promotions be granted, unless final commitments already have been made, Floyd said in an e-mail to deans, chancellors and top administrators.


A moratorium on academic programs is in place at least until conclusion of the academic prioritization process, which could continue until July.


“The economy is clearly slowing and we must … » More …