This message by Dr. Proenza was sent to campus on Jan. 24, 2013.
As we launch, Colleagues . . .
. . . the budget planning process for the next fiscal year (FY14), I invite your full engagement in the process so that we can rise to meet the challenges before us.
This is a critical time in the history of higher education. The ground that traditionally supported higher education is shifting beneath our feet—shifting at the fault line intersection of growing economic pressures and new technologies. We must respond urgently and strategically to these challenges:
While our strategic plan – Vision 2020 – provides a roadmap for responding to these transformative forces, an intensive and critical review of higher education itself must inform the budget planning process. Thus, as each of us considers our role and responsibility in the continued success of our University, we seek your innovative, practical, and courageous ideas to help meet these challenges.
The budget process for FY2014 provides yet another opportunity to engage the entire campus community in productive conversation and strategic action. Together, we now must find and commit the resources to be successful—and that means greater direct involvement from each and every one of us in the successful recruitment and retention of our students.
Thank you for all you do and, most importantly, for the willingness to participate in shaping our future success.