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Campus budget conversations to continue

Monday, September 17, 2018

Interim Provost Carl Lejuez answers questions during a town hall to discuss budget reductions.LAWRENCE — All University of Kansas faculty, staff and students are invited to attend ongoing campus budget conversations for the Lawrence campus. These conversations, led by Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Carl Lejuez, are an opportunity to learn the current status of the budget and plans for developing a new budget model moving forward. The conversations also enable the KU community to become more involved and offer suggestions and insight.

“One reason these conversations are so important is that there is a wide range of understanding across campus about the basics of budgets more broadly and the specifics of our budget here at KU,” Lejuez said. “This brings the challenge of presenting the right material to be inclusive, but not too repetitive.” Programs will continue to provide question-and-answer opportunities. Some will offer deep dives on topics shown to be of great interest.

The next conversation is scheduled for 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union. Additional conversations will take place in October and early December.

The September conversation will be an hour in the early afternoon and will include 15 to 20 minutes of new information including details regarding budget reductions made by each unit and provost spending in the past month, the status of the voluntary tenure-track retirement program, and responses to questions that have been raised since the last conversation. Forty minutes will be set aside for questions.

The October conversation will be 90 minutes and will focus on requested topics, including athletics and endowment. While each conversation will have an update on the new budget model being developed, the December conversation will provide a deep dive into the details of the model and will include updates on budget reductions made by each unit and provost spending.

Sessions will be live-streamed and recorded for later viewing. Past presentations and information about the budget reduction can be found on the Provost Office website.

Individuals can ask questions or offer feedback through the KU Provost Office email account (provost@ku.edu) or anonymously online through the Provost Office feedback form. Lejuez also welcomes individuals to meet with him independently should they have specific issues or questions about the budget. To request an appointment, please inquire through provost@ku.edu.

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