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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has expanded the timeframe for students, faculty, staff and the community to offer input on budget reduction scenarios that will help the University cut between $5 million and $8 million from its budget for the 2009-2011 biennium.

While initial analysis will be based on responses to the anonymous, Web-based survey received through March 13, the survey will be kept open until March 24. The final analysis will be completed before the March 31 budget forum.

The survey seeks feedback on the priority areas the University will consider when establishing budget development principles that will be used when making strategic budget decisions on what areas to enhance, which areas should be protected and where to make reductions.

The survey also seeks suggestions for reducing the impact of budget cuts, and recommendations for minimizing the impact of the budget situation on students and services.

Approximately 300 constituents have submitted responses. Of those who chose to specify their relationship to the University, about 40 percent are alumni and 20 percent are enrolled students.

“We are pleased by the level of participation in the survey,” said Chancellor Richard H. Wells. “There have been many good ideas and opinions expressed among the 200-plus pages of responses.”

Survey-takers are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the three budget reduction scenarios and to read important information regarding UW Oshkosh’s budget parameters before taking the survey. Click here to take the survey.

The results of the survey will be shared with the campus community during a budget forum March 31 and will also be posted on the Budget Office Web site.