Budget Forum Presentation from Monday

Budget Forum Presentation from Monday

May 16, 2012

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

As a follow up to the budget forum on Monday, May 14, about additional resource investments, we have posted the presentation in the Budget Information Center under the Faculty/Staff Services and Student Services tabs in my.newpaltz.edu

The decisions announced Monday confirm our criteria that we must become even more student-focused than we are, and that we further sharpen the attention we give to the student experience and to enhancing student success. Such thinking must assume top priority not only in our decisions about allocating new tuition revenue but in our longer-term planning and prioritization.

Priorities were made from the vast array of good ideas submitted during this spring’s budget process, including both recurring expenses and some one-time expenditures. The decisions should allow Deans and departments to plan, including hiring temporary personnel to meet critical instructional needs next year while searches for the highest-priority tenure-line positions are under way for new colleagues to join us in fall 2013.

The last two slides in the presentation discuss next steps in the process, including the continued evaluation of requests that were not approved. It is possible that some of these requests could be funded from existing or external resources. Additionally, we need to further evaluate requests for faculty development and equipment to develop a more systematic approach to these requests. We realize this process was compressed into the spring semester, and we will continue to review and refine the process, including the timeline.

We must also continue to monitor the impact on college resources of the “new” SUNY Resource Allocation Model, details of which we will not know until later this year.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this process

Jacqueline DiStefano
Vice President for Administration and Finance