WKU facing budget cut of over $10 million

The WKU Board of Regents approved the majority of CAPE recommendations presented by Acting Provost Cheryl Stevens. 

Jeremy Chisenhall

WKU is looking to cut its budget by $10.2 million, according to the university’s Board of Regents agenda for Friday.

The budget reduction is aimed to offset concerns over declining enrollment. The majority of the reduction will come from auxiliary/support units, which will take a hit of $6.8 million. The colleges will take a hit of $3.4 million. 

“While improvements in student retention are expected to continue, overall enrollment is expected to decline as fewer students begin postsecondary education,” the agenda states. “The new budget will include a 5 percent decline in tuition and mandatory student fees.”

The budget cuts for each college are as follows:

  • Potter College of Arts and Letters – $1,253,585
  • Ogden College of Science and Engineering – $859,895
  • College of Health and Human Services – $638,653
  • College of Education and Behavioral Sciences – $391,109
  • Gordon Ford College of Business $266,058

The cuts to auxiliary/support units have not yet been finalized, the agenda stated. Some divisions faced cuts of over 10% this year, so the university will not implement an across-the-board cut. 

At the time of publication, Staff Regent David Brinkley and Staff Council Chair Jennifer Miller had not yet responded to request for comment. 

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