Enrollment and the resultant budget deficit are paramount issues facing the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees as it prepares for its formal session tomorrow morning.
The budget is facing an $18 million deficit which stems from an on-campus enrollment decline of 4.9 percent this year.
Under the banner of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services Steven Johnson will give a presentation on strategic enrollment management.
“All of us can make recruitment a personal goal,” Johnson said in a news release. “When we connect with prospective students, they’re more likely to choose CMU.”
Roger Rehm, Vice President for Information Technology, will also give a presentation on strategic planning within the OIT. Rehm is expected to speak on the website and email changes implemented this year, as well as talk about ideas for the future.
The Finance and Facilities Committee is expected to review endowments, awards and scholarships, as well as provide an update on capital projects throughout the university.
The annual independent audit report of university finances will also be discussed.
According to a university news release regarding the declining enrollment, CMU’s scholarships and financial aid offerings are being re-engineered to be more competitive.
Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Steve Lawrence will give a presentation on the campus facilities master plan with Linda Slater, director of plant engineering and planning.
The board is also requesting a motion to accept a lease for a Global Campus facility in Columbus, Ohio.
President George Ross will give a preceding report of the university as well as report his final 2012-13 goals – including approving university priorities, initiatives and corresponding metrics for the next five years.
The board has also requested a motion to elect a new interim board treasurer to serve in Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services David Burdette’s position until a replacement can be found.
The meeting is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. and is open to the public – with a slot for public comment offered immediately after it begins.
Preceding faculty and student liaison meetings are scheduled today at 5 and 6 p.m. respectively.
All events are in the President’s Conference room of the Bovee University Center.