From President Kleniewski
To the Campus Community
We have recently received an estimate of SUNY’s proposed allocation for Oneonta’s 2010-11 operating budget: $45.5 million, consisting of $15.1 million in state support and $30.4 million in tuition revenue. This is a net reduction of $1.8 million, or 3.7 percent, from our enacted 2009-10 budget. The magnitude of the reduction was accentuated by the lack of legislative support for the proposed $100 increase in resident undergraduate tuition.
This budget continues a trend of reductions in state support over the past two years. To date, the College has addressed over $6 million in budgetary challenges through a variety of measures, including salary savings, reductions in discretionary spending, shifting expenditures from the Operating Budget to other College funds, increased reliance on OAS, Research Foundation, and College Foundation funds, selective fee increases, and modest increases in enrollment. We have also drawn a substantial amount from savings achieved through careful stewardship of the College’s resources.
This year’s extremely disappointing budget will require heightened fiscal discipline. The savings we have relied on thus far have been severely depleted, and the ability to shift sources of funds has largely played out. We hope to achieve some salary savings from the recently announced early retirement incentive programs, and we will be vigilant in seeking salary savings from other vacancies as they occur, through possible delays in filling positions and through possible reorganization.
To that end, we are instituting a process for a systematic review of newly vacated positions. The review process is effective immediately and will continue during the 2010-11 fiscal year. A separate communication is being sent to all chairs and directors outlining the new process.
As I have stressed in the past, our guiding principle in this and every budgetary challenge remains the same: to uphold the high-quality teaching and learning that is central to our College’s mission and identity.
We have thus far weathered the reductions in state support without a serious impact on the College’s essential programs and services. That remains our goal for the coming year. At the same time, the current challenge presents an opportunity for us to assess our priorities and resource allocations, consider alternative means of achieving our objectives, and plan for the future. Therefore, I will be convening a Budget Advisory Committee in the fall to advise me on the College’s future resource-allocation priorities.
I appreciate your support and your commitment to our students and our College.