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UPAC Report Released

Note: The following e-mail was sent on 1/24/11 to all faculty and staff.


Dear Colleague,

In December 2009, the University Planning Advisory Council (UPAC) began a complex and unenviable task: evaluating ways we might deal with our declining budget while maintaining our core values, drawing upon our strengths and ultimately becoming a stronger institution. 


That work is now complete. After just over one year of study, conversation and deliberation, the council has submitted its report and recommendations. The report is available for your review at http://www.sfsu.edu/~upac


Over the past year, UPAC has fostered a broad and inclusive exchange of ideas among our university community.  The council put out a request for proposals to streamline university operations, save costs or generate revenue; in response they received well over 100 proposals.


All of us owe our thanks and appreciation to the members of UPAC.  They have given generously of their time and insight as they have considered difficult options. Their work reflects their obvious love of this university and strong commitment to its future. Particular thanks are due to UPAC’s chair, Shawn Whalen, who has exhibited extraordinary leadership throughout this endeavor.


These are trying times.  The forecast for our budget is bleak, and as I wrote in my last message to you, the Governor’s proposed budget for the CSU could shrink still further in the coming months.  Whatever the outcome, we will continue to be guided by the values that have made SF State the great institution that it is.   


We will now begin a careful review and consideration of UPAC’s work.  The President's Cabinet, college deans and others will be evaluating these recommendations.  We will shape a plan of action that will enable us both to operate within our means and to carry our mission forward.
Robert A. Corrigan, president


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