The Budget Office Role & Mission Statement
To support Western Washington University’s strategic goals by sharing accurate, timely and complete information and analyses to guide planning, decision-making, policy development and the allocation of financial resources at Western.
Our vision is to provide the highest quality information and analyses to University leadership in order to promote the optimal acquisition and management of financial resources.
The Budget Office values the highest level of professional standards and ethical conduct; responsive, high-quality customer service; collaboration and mutual respect; open communication and access to information; a knowledgeable workforce developed through education and training; continuous improvement of processes; and personal responsibility for our performance in serving customers.
The Budget Office provides budget, financial planning and analysis functions for Western Washington University, including Western’s position relative to comparator institutions. The office reports directly to the Vice President of Business and Financial Affairs and works closely with the Provost, college Deans, Governmental Relations, the Equal Opportunity Office, Directors, the Capital Budget Office, University Financial Services, Institutional Research, Human Resources, the Assistant Attorney General, Administrative Computing Services, and the University’s Internal Auditor.
The Budget Office has responsibility for recommending budget policy to the Vice President of Business and Financial Affairs within the guidelines established by the State of Washington. The Budget Office develops and implements approved policies governing resource allocation for operating budgets, provides education and training campus-wide, and works in close consultation with the President and Vice Presidents in analyzing and recommending strategies relating to legislative funding requests.
Other primary activities include producing and monitoring the university’s biennial operating budget request and annual budget plans; providing financial planning and analysis for the university as a whole, serving as a primary information resource to state executive and legislative offices; and completing and submitting external survey requests (e.g., US News & World Report, Peterson’s Survey, College Board, etc.). The Budget Office has broad responsibility for monitoring compliance with university budget policies. The Budget Office ensures that operating budget resources are planned, allocated and expended in support of Western’s strategic objectives.