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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:40 pm 
The five items that follow are the goals negotiated between the President and Board of Regents for the fiscal year (FY 18), July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. The goals were voted on October 12, 2017, over three months into the fiscal year for the goals. If the goals are met the President will receive $50,000, if they are exceeded he will receive more than $50,000. If the goals are not met the President will receive a proportional amount. For example if he only increases the Athletic Department by $50,000 he will receive $6,000.

Goals for the President for FY18:

1. Increase FY 2018 non-state revenues by at least $760,000, with a weighed value of at least $15,000.

2. From FY 2018 non-state revenuers, increase Athletic Department’s assets by $100,000 with a weighted value of at least $12,000.

3. From FY 2018 non-state revenuers, increase Foundations assets by $400,000 with a weighted value of at least $8,000.

4. Increase graduation rate by 2% beginning FY 2013 freshman year and graduating Spring of FY 2018 with a weighted value of at least $8,000.

5. During FY 2018, develop, administer and report finding to the governing board of a faculty and staff salary marketing survey which ascertains institutional cost of raises/benefits with a weighted value of at least $7,000.

As I view them, the goals as a whole are trivial, all of these goals could not be met and Western would hardly be affected. Goals 1, 2 and 3 are not even independent. If 2 and 3 are met 1 is half met. It’s hard to believe that the second most important thing for Western to do this year is to increase the assets of the athletic department. Also, there appears to be no limit on how much state money can be spent to get the non-state money.

Students graduating in spring 2018 had to have their graduation papers in by September 1, 2017. How can anyone affect the number that will graduate in May?

Timing, the goals for FY 2018 should be set in June, 2017 not nearly 4 months into the fiscal year

None of the Board of Regent’s Areas of Distinctions or Enhancers is even mentioned in the goals. Are they not important?

Board of Regents Areas of Distinctions
Logistics/Delivery
Drone Certification
Applied Liberal Arts

Enhancers
Rural Healthcare
Rural Education
Company-based Curriculum
International Studies
Gila

Here’s a list of goals that might benefit Western and not just fill the President’s pocket:

Decrease tuition and fees by $250 a semester. Bring Western in line with ENMU and NMHU.

Reduce President's Discretionary fund spending from the Foundation to a max of $10,000, plenty for entertainment that can’t be paid for with state money. This will make $40,000 more available for student scholarships. May even help recruitment.

Increase undergraduate FTEs by 5%. Western is spending a million dollars on recruitment; it should get something to show for it. Undergraduate FTEs down by over 20% since President Shepard took over.

Streamline the management and marketing of the golf course so that a max of $10,000 is transferred from student fees to the golf course, down from $100,000 last year. Students should not have to pay for the poor management decisions of the administration.

Increase the pass rate for the nursing licensure test from the bottom of the state 68% last year to at least 90% this year.

Have a drone certificate program in place for next year. Western is falling behind as usual, CNM will have a program for next year.

Decrease the administration expense of the University by 25%. LFC report shows Western’s administrative costs are nearly double what it should be.

Increase the home attendance at athletic events by 25%. Attendance is down 70% since President Shepard took over.

Have the WOW Café built and in operation on schedule. Already missed this one. From what I can see, construction has not started.

In light of the agreements signed between Western and a number of organizations in Mexico, Costa Rica and Macedonia, increase the number of degree seeking foreign students (non-resident aliens) to at least 100.

Get at least one company to partner with Western for a company-based curriculum.


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