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Rice discusses budget, Casper talks of Asia trip at Faculty Senate
_STANFORD -- Stanford's newest round of budget cutting will involve lots of consultation, Provost Condoleezza Rice told the Faculty Senate on Thursday, Nov. 11.
Responding to a question from Ron Rebholz, chair of English, about faculty involvement, Rice assured the senate that consultation will increase next February after units submit their reduction proposals.
Rice last week asked administrative units to submit by mid-January plans showing how they would operate with 5 and 10 percent reductions. Over the next three years, this could lead to cuts of nearly 15 to 30 percent in some units.
Schools also are being asked to restructure, but no targets have been set.
Rice told the senate that she had met with its Planning and Policy Board that morning and would continue to meet with them often. She also will discuss issues with the full Faculty Senate and with the Associated Students' Council of Presidents. Public town hall meetings also will be held.
An administrative redesign committee, including several faculty among its members, will look at cross-functional processes, Rice said.
Casper told the senate that from now on "business as usual will mean no return to business as usual." Budget cutting and restructuring will be part of a "steady reexamination of everything we are doing."
"I do know that cost cutting tends to send everybody into depression, including the provost and me," Casper said. Stanford is not alone in its budget problems, he said, pointing out that MIT had just announced a similar budget reduction program.
Rice clarified a misperception that the academic planning process would inevitably lead to elimination of functions. Budget savings could come through elimination, recombination or restructuring, she said.
Casper said that the task of making academic cuts has to rest with those who "possess the power of curriculum and appointment." The deans understand that, he added.
Casper also told the senate about his trip to Asia, where he visited alumni and educational and government leaders in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Taipei and Hong Kong.
More than 50 percent of Stanford's international students come from Asia, Casper said. "I'm impressed by the impact Stanford has had on these countries, as can be seen by the roles our alumni play in many aspects of these societies."
He said Stanford was "well poised to play an increasing role in training the next generation of leaders of Pacific Rim countries."
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