WSU Vancouver will endure spending cuts

Enrollment growth gives the campus much needed income

LINH NGUYEN, Evergreen reporter

University-wide spending cut requirements will not hit WSU Vancouver particularly hard, thanks to increased enrollment.

The campus enrolled 129, more students in fall 2017 than the previous year, a 4 percent increase, according to a WSU news release.

Lynn Valenter, vice chancellor for finance and operations at Vancouver, said the campus carried forward $500,000 saved from the previous fiscal year. The campus will have to save $750,000 this fiscal year to reach their overall target of carrying forward $1.25 million into the next fiscal year, she said. To meet this goal, all of Vancouver’s departments would have to save $180,000 total. Growing enrollment and vacant or abolished positions should provide the remainder of the savings, Valenter said.

Valenter, in her finance and operations role, is in charge of informing departments they need to make cuts. However, directors and deans of each academic department make the decisions about where cuts are made within their unit.

WSU Vancouver Chancellor Mel Netzhammer wrote on the university’s fiscal health website that the campus also aims to meet its budget plan by reducing travel expenses, consolidating resources and avoiding salary increases.

“This is a spending freeze,” Netzhammer wrote, “not a budget cut.”

He said their savings will not go to the central reserves in WSU Pullman.

“The dollars saved remain here,” he said. “There will be no transfers back to the central budget nor recoveries to central campus funds.”


Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed Mel Netzhammer’s statements to a news release.