Comments and Questions from Listening Session with Bruce
University Planning and Budgeting
University Planning and Budgeting interacts with many departments on campus to resolve various issues including one-on-one training for staff as needed. Integrated training between budgeting, finance and human resources will improve the communication and collaboration between central administration and departmental units.
The state higher education system is reactive, and at times, late to meet economic challenges. A vision or plan could be adopted with the help of faculty and field experts that would attempt to spot trends not only in Washington State but throughout the international market place. Gauging future trends and challenges now will lead to WWU being better positioned than other institutions across the state and country.
The engineering technology program, for example, has many ideas and concepts that were developed years ago. Demand all over the world is now strong for this level of expertise. Western is a leader in this instance. The institution was innovative and foreword thinking. What will be the next program 5 or 10 years out that will have this level of impact not only within the state but across the globe?
University Planning and Budgeting is supportive of a transparent budget process and the opportunity it creates to become more visible to the campus and promote the services provided by our staff.
Do we want WWU to move more toward research? There seem be a lot of research opportunities available.
There is a strong connection between WSU and the Pullman community. It seems WWU needs to continue building its relationship with the Bellingham community. The Waterfront project is a great opportunity to improve community relations. Perhaps WWU in some way should take advantage of the Olympics.
A more open budget process will help alleviate worries that campus departments sometimes express about the university budget office.