Academic Staff Update 03.03.2015

Hi Everyone –

Here is an update on what we know right now about what is happening relative to the budget.

The Campus Budget Committee met for the first time Feb 17 and will meet again on Wed, March 4. The only action item that came out of the Feb 17 meeting was that all Schools, Colleges and Divisions are being asked to prepare a 5% and 10% budget cut scenario. As of now this is an exercise only, but if you have concerns about proposals under development in your School, College or Division I encourage you to ask your supervisor and/or Dean, Division or Department head. Furloughs are a possibility but no proposals have been put forward yet. A team has been assigned to gather data about a number of different cost cutting/savings possibilities which will be presented to the Budget Planning Committee. I will update you as I can with any definitive information about budget cutting strategies.

Additions to the Academic Staff News Site:

There are some new documents that will be added to the Academic Staff News Site in the coming week. Check here regularly for postings of documents related to the current budget situation.

The following link to a Legislative Fiscal Bureau document summarizing the Governor’s proposed budget changes:

Two updates (attached) from Ray Cross in response to UW-System Chancellors’ request (2/27) for more information on the Public Authority.

A letter (attached) from Alan Crist, UW System Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Workforce Diversity, regarding employee benefits under the changes proposed in the Governor’s 2015-17 budget.

Academic Staff Communications:

The Academic Staff Committee will be meeting weekly to stay on top of communication relative to the proposed budget cuts and the public authority. We will provide updates to all academic staff after those meetings.

If you have specific questions or concerns please email them to the Academic Staff Committee at

Upcoming Events:

Here are this week’s events that you should be aware of:

Campus Budget Meeting Tues, March 3 – 2:30-3:30 pm in the Fireside Lounge.

Here is the link for the live stream if you are unable to attend in person:

If you have a question that you would like addressed about the current budget situation here is the link for submitting a question:

The Joint Finance Committee Budget Briefing on UW System at 9 a.m. on Tues, March 3, Room 412 East, Wisconsin State Capitol will be live streamed at

The Campus Budget Committee will be meeting on Wed March 4, 9-10 a.m. I will be attending that meeting. Here is a link to a listing of the committee members:

I will be attending the Board of Regents Meeting in Madison this Thurs, March 5. The agenda and any information about live streaming when it becomes available is at this link:

I will be attending the meeting of the academic staff and faculty representatives in Madison on Friday, March 6. Here is a link with more information: