Letter from President Schulz addresses state budgetK-State
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Dear Faculty and Staff,
Welcome to the summer! I know we are in the middle of summertime as we see our
new K-State first-year students, transfer students and parents on campus for new
student orientation. If you see a family looking a little lost, be sure to
welcome them to K-State and help them find their way!
The last several
weeks have been a bit frantic — the Legislature finalized the higher education
budget; we made presentations to the Kansas regents on proposed tuition and
fees; and there was significant media attention about the impact of legislative
decisions on accessibility to public universities.
I want to
provide a summary of our three-year salary plan to the campus community, and to
discuss how we intend to cope with the 4 percent budget cut Kansas State
received. This letter is a bit longer than normal this month, but I want to be
sure everyone has a thorough description of how we intend to proceed with a
variety of financial issues confronting K-State.
So what are our
guiding principles as we cope with less state support? Our university visionary
plan, K-State 2025, is an important road map for how we make financial
decisions. As we prioritize what we will fund and how we will handle our budget
cuts, we must keep in mind our overall goal of becoming a Top 50 Public Research
University. In my financial descriptions given below, I have framed our
decisions around our K-State 2025 themes. Read the full letter here.