Friday morning, President Richard Myers and Provost Charles Taber held a virtual town hall meeting for faculty to openly discuss Kansas State’s budget, along with the latest campus update of COVID-19 from Dr. Kyle Goerl.
Goerl, medical director at Lafene Health Center, said things are finally looking encouraging based on the latest statistics in the Manhattan area.
“Overall, since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve done almost 20,000 tests,” Goerl said. “Quarantine numbers and isolation numbers are down a bit in the last week as well.”
Additionally, Dr. Goerl said faculty will receive a survey from Lafene as early as this weekend to stratify individuals into the different vaccination phases.
“I hope that we can move through these phases quickly, but we can only go so fast as the county allows us to,” Goerl said. “We have to stay in lock-step with the county, so if the county is on phase two, and we’ve run through all of our phase two individuals on campus, we cannot move on to phase three until the county is ready to do so.”
Following Goerl’s update, Myers and Taber answered questions about K-State’s budget.
Question: How will we ensure the decisions we make to cut expenses and increase revenue are based on facts that recognize the systemic impacts of the decisions rather than the approximations in our budget model?
“We don’t know definitively,” Myers said. “We have to wait and see how our enrollment turns out this spring … I don’t want to be too optimistic here, we have serious issues with our financing both enrollment standpoint and state budget.”
“We value tenure, and we always will,” Myers said. “Tenure is an important part of how we operate at Kansas State University, so we have no plans on advocating to go away with tenure.”
The next virtual town hall meeting is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Apr. 1.