With today’s meeting of CWU trustees behind us, we can begin to focus on what the budget will look like on the campus.
Trustees today approved:
- two 14-percent tuition increases
- holding employees harmless from the 3-percent wage cut
- holding employees harmless from the cut in the CWU Retirement Plan
As our trustees were voting on this plan, other universities’ boards had already approved or were contemplating even larger tuition increases: 20% at the UW, and 16% at WSU and WWU. Evergreen is looking at 14% and Eastern is considering 11%.
The cabinet have said that large-scale cyclic leave is not an option this year. It erodes the moral and the efficiency of–well, everyone. No one will be sorry to see it end.
While the board increased tuition & fees, they also dedicated more money to financial aid–5% of tuition revenues. And each year we grant about $8 million in tuition waivers.
The result of those waivers, and of the hard work of staff and faculty, will be on display tomorrow at the 120th commencement ceremonies. Our registrar says 718 and 729 graduates will walk in the morning and afternoon ceremonies tomorrow; another 389 will walk at Showare Center in Kent Sunday.