Letter to Campus

Cougar Athletics budget update

Dear Colleagues, WSU has made steady progress toward balancing the athletics budget the past several years. Unfortunately, though, we are facing tremendous headwinds that will make closing out fiscal year 2023 more challenging than expected. As has already been widely reported, each Pac‑12 university will see a significant decrease in revenue distribution. This decrease is […]

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A successful spring semester across the system

Dear WSU Community, Congratulations on the completion of another spring semester at Washington State University! It’s hard to believe that the end of the academic year is here already. What a fantastic and busy semester it has been. Over the last few months, we have seen tremendous growth in our capacity to serve our students […]

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Addressing our rankings and reputation

Dear Colleagues, College and university rankings are a big business and a point of institutional pride among faculty, staff, students, alumni, and corporations. Many families pay attention to national rankings and perceptions when choosing where to attend. Most large corporations — including many in Washington — use college rankings as part of their decision-making about […]

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Our long-term fiscal health

Dear WSU Community, Welcome to spring break! Over the course of the semester, I have sent several systemwide communications focused on institutional fiscal health – both short and long-term.  As everyone is aware, we are currently preparing for a 6% budget reduction in FY2024 to better support the university during a time of enrollment and […]

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Launching into spring

Dear WSU Community, I hope you are all settled into the new semester and enjoying the relatively mild weather we’ve been experiencing throughout the state of Washington (at least until recently). Like many of you, I suspect, the lack of snow over the last couple of weeks had me envisioning longer, warmer days with plenty […]

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Enrollment strategies to impact Fall 2023 semester

Dear WSU Community, As we look to the year ahead, I remain committed to improving transparency around our system-wide decision-making and the priorities that will impact our financial health. I understand there is a need to know more about how the university is bringing in revenue and allocating funds — particularly given recent budget reductions. This message […]

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