This morning, President Roth released a “Community Update” about the state of the economy, and its effects on Wesleyan:
[Wesleyan’s response to the financial turmoil] will include some serious budget cuts, delays in major facilities construction, and a close look at our priorities for the future. All of us will be asked to make sacrifices.
Following up on that, Roth has posted a new blog entry with some more specific ways in which the troubled economy will alter life around campus, and what the University intends to prioritize as we continue further into this grim economic situation:
… there will be cuts in the Wesleyan budget, but, as I said in my last post, I will do my best to protect teaching, research and the student experience from the impact of our cost cutting measures. […] We will continue to offer our community the very best liberal arts education, but we must do so in a more cost effective way. We must delay for some years our major facilities projects, like the Molecular and Life Sciences Building, and we are looking at every department at the university for budget savings.
What will be the University’s priorities going forward? Writes Roth:
- Maintaining a robust financial aid program
- Hiring and retaining faculty
- Continuing the internationalization of campus
- Enhancing the student experience, esp. for frosh and seniors
- Implementing the College of the Environment
Plus, Roth has also changed the self-photo he uses on the blog. Check it out. Even as a straight guy, I have to admit it’s pretty flattering. Heh.