Gaudino, Daily Record interview covers the waterfront on budget issues

Today President Gaudino and Daily Record editor, Joanna Markell, recorded the first in a series of interviews that will run on CWU’s channel 15. The content also will be available on the newspaper’s web site beginning Tuesday, June 7.

The president said the university could not adopt a budget until the board of trustees establishes some key policies on tuition, state fund reductions, and enrollment.

On the issue of salary reductions the president said that his hope was that the university would be able to absorb the 3% wage cut–about $3.6 million–without requiring people to take the reduction themselves. He said he hoped the board would adopt tuition increases of 14% per year — the same rate the legislature assumed for CWU. Lawmakers multiplied the two year increase against an FTE level of 9700 students and then subtracted that from the institution’s base funding.

Markell quizzed the president on other strategies for realizing the $29.2 million cut. He said the university was not likely to implement furloughs or “cyclic” leave, and that some layoffs would be unavoidable. Gaudino stressed the need for the university to make strategic cuts so as not to damage the institution in the long run.

I know you’re dying to know if Markell asked about the Yellow Church. She did.

No, we’re not buying it.

The president acknowledged, however, that the state has given the university permission to check out the Albertson’s property. Gaudino said the first step is to see if the purchase “pencils out.” In other words, we have to figure out what we’d do with it if we did buy it and how we’d pay for it. Details.

More on the miniature pony and the dog in the bar next.

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About Linda Schactler

Linda is the former Director of Communications for the Washington State Senate, and former deputy director of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. From 2000 through 2010 Linda was the proprietor of Schactler Communications, an Olympia-based public affairs business. She holds a master of arts in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Linda can be reached at her Ellensburg office schactler@cwu.edu, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.
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