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Thursday, November 4, 2021

From the President

Posted: Thursday, November 4, 2021

2022-2023 Strategic Resource Planning Process Underway

The timeline for Buffalo State College's 2022–2023 Strategic Resource Planning Process (SRPP) is now available online (PDF, 162 KB). In the coming days, SRPP workbooks will be distributed to each vice president and dean ahead of the division and school resource planning process. Final workbooks for each unit are due to Finance and Management by January 17, 2022.

Our planning will be guided by a set of Strategic Priorities for the 2021–2022 academic year. These priorities are to stabilize and maintain the momentum of campus during this extraordinary period. These do not preclude other significant campus objectives based on the 2016–2021 strategic plan. The new strategic plan will be completed by spring 2022 and will delineate goals to guide future campus work.

As we reported last month at the October meeting of the College Senate, our shifting enrollment landscape has had a significant impact on our budget projections. Despite much-needed one-time assistance from the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which includes $16.4 million in HEERF funding in the 2021–2022 budget cycle, we are still estimating a $3.1 million deficit this year. Looking ahead to 2022–2023 and beyond, we are anticipating a recurring structural operating deficit between $14 million and $16 million.

While we are hopeful that New York State’s anticipated budget surplus and SUNY-wide advocacy efforts may lead to increased direct state tax support to campuses in the future, we must work together to address our structural budget deficit now. Active participation with the resource planning process throughout each unit is imperative to our collective work to strategically align our uses with our resources. If you have any questions about your role in your division or school’s SRPP preparations or workbook, please contact your respective vice president or dean.