WSU Tri-Cities Budget

Transparent & Inclusive

The Office of Finance and Administration oversees the Financial Services Division at Washington State University Tri-Cities. The Financial Services Division provides budgetary support for the campus, and strives for transparency and inclusion by engaging budgetary participation with the campus community.

Transparency: Making information as accessible as possible

In March 2019, Chancellor Haynes issued an email addressing the 2019-2020 budget process and asked for your participation through submission of your budget requests.  She also identified her 2019-2020 first line funding priorities as:

  • Safety and compliance needs
  • Legislative and system mandates
  • Debt reduction
  • Capital, repair and maintenance costs

View the PowerPoint presentations from our recent budget meetings.

February ’19 Budget Forum | PRESENTATION
November ’18 Budget Meeting | Part 1 | Part 2
April ’19 Faculty Budget Meeting | PRESENTATION
June ’19 Budget Informational Session | PRESENTATION

2018/2019 Washington State University Quick Facts –  Issued by the WSU Office of Government Relations, the Quick Facts reports relevant campus and system-wide budgetary, enrollment and graduation facts.  This is worth a glance!

FY18 Tuition True Up – The Budget Office performs an annual tuition true-up for each campus.  For FY18, the Tri-Cities campus generated $12.3M of net tuition, prior to our institutional support contribution.

Washington State Budget Website – The Office of Financial Management performs an ongoing role in the planning, analysis, and implementation of Washington state’s operating and capital budgets.

Washington State Budget Universe – This document is intended to provide you with a better understanding of the 2017-2019 state operating budget.

Inclusion:  Opening the lines of communication to facilitate a voice in the campus decision-making process

Proposed Operating Budget Process Timeline

Budget Request Review Timeline

  • Round One:
    • Vice Chancellor’s identify their A’s, B’s and C’s – Done
  • Round Two:
    • Leadership Council RankingDone
    • Ranked 1 to 5 based on value to WSU Tri-Cities.
  • Round Three:
    • Budget Hearings – 5/28
  • Round Four:
    • Chancellor’s Final Review – 6/15 
  • Round Five: 
    •  Campus Feedback – through July 15
  • Upcoming: 
    • July – FY20 Operating Budget Adoption
    • July/August – Evaluate One-Time Requests for funding.

Round One: Budget Requests Received–Vice Chancellor’s identify their A’s, B’s and C’s – Done

VC Rating Summary:
A = Must have to open the doors
B = Sound business sense/moves toward a strategic initiative
C = Desired, smart, but not critical

All budget requests were categorized into one of three categories: 

Operational/Ongoing:  Requests that had an impact on the operating budget (may also have a one-time cost)

One-Time Requests:  To be considered later this summer after the adoption of the operational budget.

Fund in Baseline Budget: Certain requests were automatically funded in the baseline budget because they were either already included in the budget or the cost to implement was deemed minor.

Round Two: Leadership Council rates only Operational/Ongoing Requests on a scale of 1-5 – Done

LC Rating Summary:
1 to 5 based on value to WSU Tri-Cities

•Five = Mandates, Compliance, Life/Safety, etc.
•Four = Mission Critical, Student Success, Strategic Objective, etc.
•Three = Staff wellness, etc.
•Two = Workplace environment, Community Engagement, etc.
•One = Campus Improvements, New Services, etc.


The all-campus budget hearings, held in late May, provided the campus an opportunity to engage in open dialogue with Chancellor Haynes regarding budgetary priorities.

Round Four: Chancellor’s Review of Operational/Ongoing requests – Done

Chancellor Haynes has carefully considered each operational/ongoing budget request and has identified those she deems critical to the campus mission.
Chancellor’s Funding Priorities

Round Five:Final feedback from campus – In process

We will accept your final feedback on the funding priorities through July 15th.
Please provide your comments to Sandra Haynes, Ray White or Robin Stanco directly, or by using the “Comments” link below.

Thank you to all who submitted 2019-’20 budget requests.

The campus responded back with 99 overall requests, categorized as follows:

Operational/Ongoing Impact to Budget
61 requests with a $1.3M net increase to the ongoing operating budget and $.6M of associated one-time costs

One-Time Cost
20 requests totaling $.5M (with no impact to the operational budget)

Fund in Baseline Budget   
18 requests to be funded with the current baseline budget

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Ray WhiteVice ChancellorEast 237509-372-7025
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Robin StancoSenior Planning SpecialistFloyd 263C509-372-7377
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