WKU Finalizes Budget Cut Plan

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

Western Kentucky University's Board of Regents finalized a budget cut plan proposed by President Gary Ransdell at a special meeting Friday morning. The plan will cut a state-mandated $5.6 million dollars from this fiscal year's budget.

$3.2 million are recurring cuts that will be permanently taken out of the university's annual budget, while $2.4 million are one-time cuts.

Dr. Gary Ransdell, WKU's president, says long hours of work by a committee of more than 30 division representatives and financial advisors helped formulate a plan that will not raise tuition and will not force any faculty out of their jobs.

Budget Cut Plan Overview:

  • Savings on energy costs, office supplies, credit card usage, and cell phones

  • Limit vacation day accrual for employees to 20 days

  • Reduce overtime payments

  • Eliminate 50% discount on athletic tickets for faculty & staff

  • Benefits for new hires will now start on 1st day of 1st full month of employment

  • Increases in transcript and graduation fees

  • Increase in tuition rate for classes beyond 18 credit hours

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