Updated: May 27, 2009

To All Members of the CFR Community

As you know, the Governor has proposed that the University's state budget be reduced 13% in the coming biennium. Although the Legislature has not yet passed a biennial budget, each school and college has been asked to undertake an analysis of how they would absorb budget reductions of 8, 10 or 12% starting July 1, 2009.

While it is likely that a final budget will not be established until late April or May, we require at least a three-month lead time to initiate actions to implement any needed reductions. Consequently, we plan to announce reductions in state funding for College units with state supported programs before the end of winter quarter. We will make adjustments to unit budgets as the final budget level becomes known, but these adjustments are expected to be marginal relative to the those announced in late winter quarter. The exact timing of these announcements depends on decisions yet to be taken by the Provost, but we will post additional information as soon as possible.

In addition, the Office of the President has created some web sites which address the budget issue. Some of the more useful sites that you may wish to visit are:

  • Budget Messages from the President and Provost, and
  • Planning and Budget Memos
  • March 2nd letter from President Emmert relative to personnel layoffs in UW Advancement

    Other sources of information about the UW budget are:

  • UW State Relations Director Update
  • UW Faculty Legislative Representative Update

    On November 26, 2008, we posted the principles that we would follow in arriving at any budget reductions imposed on our College. Later, on December 5, 2008, in response to a request from the Provost, we appointed the CFR Budget Analysis Committee. This Committee initiated work in early January and completed its assigned task on February 13, 2009. A copy of their report is available at:

  • CFR Budget Analysis Committee Report.

    Please review this document and send me any thoughts you may have.

    Recently, the CFR Elected Faculty Council took an informal poll of CFR faculty. The results of this poll were reported by EFC Chair Eric Turnblom on February 15th, and are available for review and comment.

    The EFC was asked to comment on the BAC Report and to advise the Dean with their recommendations. Their report was received on February 20, 2009 and is available for review and comment.

  • EFC Report on CFR Budget Reduction Recommendations

  • Dean Bare's February 19, 2009 observations on CFR budget reduction options provide additional background information.

  • Dean Bare outlines preliminary thinking of possible College state budget reductions (under a 10% state budget reduction scenario) prepared in response to a request from the Provost. This document will be refined over the next several weeks as the College identifies the final nature of its reductions and as more information becomes available.

  • Dean Bare announces College budget reduction for FY 09.

    Dean Bare's FY 2010 College budget analysis and proposal:

  • Presentation to All-College Meeting (March 11, 2009)

    Dean Bare and other members of the College administration met with the Provost to discuss our budget reduction plan on April 3, 2009. The documents presented and discussed are available for review at:

  • Budget reduction documents presented to Provost

    Dean Bare announces Provost Wise's permanent state budget allocation decisions for FY 10.

  • FY 10 Permanent Budget Reduction for College (April 29, 2009)

    Dean Bare updates College on final budget reductions for FY 10. (May 18, 2009)

    Dean Bare presents FY 10 budget reduction information at all-college meeting. (May 27, 2009)

    We will post additional budget information at this site as it becomes available so please check back frequently.

    B. Bruce Bare, Dean
    To Return to:Prof Bare's Page, Dean's Office, College of Forest Resources