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CALS community gathers for budget forum

Many from the CALS community—faculty, academic and classified staff, and students—gathered to brainstorm and share their ideas about how to handle the challenges and opportunities presented by the current economic situation at the CALS Budget Forum on January 26.

Dean Molly Jahn outlined several CALS budget principles for consideration and guided the discussion along three central questions. (View video of Dean Jahn’s opening comments.)

1) What core activities and qualities of our community must we protect at all costs and why?

2) What efficiencies and opportunities should we pursue to increase resources and help grow a stable funding base?

3) Do you see the need to eliminate or add items to the list of the principles that will guide us in this process?

Breakout groups discussed these questions and then presented their ideas to the overall group. View the PowerPoint presentation used at the forum, including the CALS budget principles and summarizing feedback and suggestions given by participants.

Those who were unable to attend the forum or who have more thoughts to share are encouraged to fill out this electronic feedback form. Please respond by the end of February to ensure your perspectives and experiences can be considered in the immediate budget cycle. The electronic feedback form will remain open for the remainder of the semester.

As we get a better sense of how budget changes will be impacting the College, we may gather again for further discussion and to report back on developments to the community.

Remember to keep visiting http://www.cals.wisc.edu/budget/ for the latest budget information and news.

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