Cabinet conducted preliminary discussions on the budget for next year. It is yet unclear how the university will allocate
cuts to the units, but Cabinet reviewed the status of collections funds and open staff and faculty lines. President
McCormick has identified advocacy for budget restoration as a high priority, so we can hope that the 14% cut may not be
realized. Nonetheless, we must be prepared should this become the final number.
We must also examine our external sources—endowments, gifts, and grants – to determine where funds could be applied to
alleviate potential cuts. We should be careful not to add ongoing collections costs, as we most likely will have serial
cancellations. As $600,000 was carried over from last year's budget, next year will be particularly difficult and require the
use of external funds.
For the present time we should hold the line on any major purchases; compile a list of major budget needs beyond our
current budget for next year to be folded into planning; and hold any reclassifications and positions not already "in process
of posting" to maintain staffing flexibility. We will reassess these options as the university provides more information about
budget planning and as we assess our capacity to adapt to potential cuts.