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2/28/2013 12:00 AM

Dealing with Budget Constraints

by William Richardson

From The Department Chair Insider – August 2012, Vol. 2

Dealing with Budget Constraints


In the budgeting process, chairs are the key people who can best determine department equipment needs, convention travel, and adjunct faculty requirements. Chairs are the only ones who know the difference between their wish list, their need list, and their “must-have-or-we’re-dead-in-the-water” list. But once that negotiation has been worked out with the dean, living within the resultant constraints is absolutely essential. A little overage here or there used to be winked at, but no longer. Budget constraints are not just nice suggestions.

William Richardson is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Andrews University.