This morning, I shoveled snow off my driveway for the first time since moving to Greeley — and now the sun is shining. I am feeling more like a Coloradan each day. Bring on the powder!

I am writing to update you on the progress we have made in addressing our deficit. We have completed our initial work of gathering and reviewing information, and I am in the process of making some decisions.  

Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s open forum and provided feedback on the 13 university-wide cost savings options under consideration. We received over 4,000 comments, contained in this 169-page report prepared by UNC’s Social Research Lab, that were collected in person at the forum and through an online survey.

Last Tuesday, leaders of the provost task forces presented to the President’s Leadership Council (PLC) this consolidated report on their recommendations, stemming from their work fall semester and feedback they collected at this month’s task force open forum and through an online survey. The cost-savings and task-force initiatives, in addition to our ongoing strategic enrollment management work with our consultant Huron, will factor into how we respond to our structural deficit.

Now that I have read these reports and heard from the PLC, I would like to talk with you in person at a follow-up presentation at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the Panorama Room at the University Center. I will share updates on the budgeting process, including the university-wide cost-saving strategies that will be implemented and the division-level cost-saving goals that will help us address the remainder of our deficit. I will also discuss our progress at the Board of Trustees’ open meeting tomorrow, as well as the Faculty Senate on Monday. In the coming weeks, I will meet with PASC, CSC and Student Senate to continue the conversation. 

I appreciate your participation, perspective and patience as we work together to put the university on the path to fiscal health. I look forward to seeing you Tuesday.
Rowing, Not Drifting,


Andy Feinstein
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