About the Budget
As we start the home stretch of spring classes, ALISS is beginning to look at the Fall 2020 quarter. Under current expectations, the coronavirus pandemic will still be ongoing and may continue to affect regular University operations. Unfortunately, there are few definitive answers about what will happen.
The iSchool Student Leadership Council met today to discuss budget issues with iSchool Dean Anind Dey and Mary Clark, Assistant Dean of Planning and Administration. A short summary of the discussion follows:
Official UW News
This Wednesday, UW President Ana Mari Cauce announced that the Washington Office of Financial Management has asked the university to model plans for a 15% cut in state funding. This is still a hypothetical scenario; the state has not made a final determination about cuts.
Per Dean Dey, the iSchool has planned for scenarios with the requested 15% cut as well as deeper budget cuts (if required).
No major changes are expected within this academic/fiscal year, which ends on June 30, 2020. Budget changes would take effect for the next funding cycle, which starts on July 1.
Much of the iSchool’s funding comes from the fee-based programs (MLIS and MSIM). A few issues may affect these programs:
- General drops in enrollment. Some admitted students may decline offers or choose not to enroll due to economic uncertainty.
- Student visa availability. It is not clear whether international students will be able to obtain visas and/or be able to enter the United States in time to start the academic year. (This has a bigger impact on MSIM, which has more international students).
- Requirements for internships. International students are often required to spend a certain number of quarters in residence before they are eligible for CPT or OPT programs, which include Directed Field Work and internships. If needed, term schedules may be adjusted to accommodate this requirement.
Student Organization Budgeting
Because budget cuts to the UW have not been finalized, the iSchool cannot yet determine how the budgets for student organizations will be affected. At this time, the advice is for student organizations to submit their full desired budgets along with a rationale for each line item. Needs will be prioritized according to the explanations and the iSchool will attempt to fund as much as it can.
ALISS is preparing to submit next year’s budget according to these principles so that we can continue to provide programming and services to MLIS students.
Staying Current on the Budget
We are actively monitoring the budget situation and its impacts on the MLIS community. We will share relevant updates with you each and every time that they come in.
The ALISS Team