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Jeff: Hello And good afternoon I’m Jeff Jarman, President of the faculty Senate I’m joined by Julie Scott, President of UP Senate and Matt Houston, President of the USS Senate We are really glad so many of you have taken time to join us in the first of a series of town hall events Today’s town hall is for faculty, staff, and the larger WSU community And we want to thank President Golden and provost Muma for joining us We’re glad that you are here And took time to talk to us Before we start, let me take one brief moment to thank you all for what you’ve done for the University over the last few months This has really been one of the most trying times in higher ed and I know you all have worked tirelessly to do a lot for us and we appreciate all that you’ve done I know we only know a little bit of it and I think a part of the reason we want to have these town halls is to learn about all of the things that are happening That said, we’re here to discuss what’s happening at the University I know there are plans about how to operate while we’re under the stay at home order And how we’re going to return to campus And how to balance the new challenges that we face during this unprecedented economic recession So we’re here to listen to your vision, understand your decisions and provide some feedback on where we’re headed So the people understand, here’s our plan We’re going to start with a presentation by the President and the provost After that, Matt and Julie and I have a few questions to get the conversation started I’ll regularly be checking for questions in the chat box We have several already We hope everybody will put those in there We’re going to try to get as many of those asked and answered as we can So we’ll turn it over to Dr. Golden and the provost who have a few slides Dr. Golden: Great Well, thank you very much We’ll go ahead and get started with — this is the continuity of the town halls which we committed ourselves to which I was doing earlier in the year, before the pandemic We want to continue shared governance dictates that we be transparent and work together and to make good informed decisions, and we can’t do that unless you have as much information as possible So that’s the focus of these town halls They will continue throughout Before we get started, I’m going to dive into really the budget aspects of where we’re at and where we think we’re going And the provost will talk about kind of starting up with the campus and what we’re looking at for fall I think it’s really important to take a step back right now and just acknowledge and appreciate all the hard work of our faculty and staff Certainly from a faculty perspective, being so nimble and to provide online education to our students has been remarkable I did get a lot of e-mails from family and from students And I have to say, very, very little e-mails or correspondentence at any negative connotation with the online You’re to be commended In addition to the faculty, we have a lot of people on campus that have made incredible strides and done a lot of work to make sure that the student experience has been as strong as possible IDA, MRC, online learning, care team, counseling, advising, our physical plant for making sure that the University continues do operate To all of you, a heart-felt thank you, truly, for all the work that you’ve been doing So with that, why don’t we go ahead and get to the first slides I’m going to start off with really kind of a recap of where we’re at, if Colton can move on to the next slide There we are So I made a larger deck, I’m a faculty member at heart And the Senate President said probably Friday at 4:00 is not the best time for a professor to give a lecture on everything So I’m trying to give it in a more succinct manner and we’ll have plenty of time for conversation So let me kind of talk about where we’re at and what we’ve done So we’re currently in fiscal year 2020 Which ends on June 30th of this year Already, because of the pandemic, we have already put forward a lot of money in unexpended expenditures We refunded students and families for housing, for dining, for parking We’ve had to invest funds for I.T., athletics has been devastated by about two-thirds Nationally the money that the University’s been getting from the NCAA was cut because of no March Madness And it’s important to remember that when I talk about giving refunds for students or athletics, we have many different pots of money at this University, and at a later date I think it would be very advantageous for me and for the vice president for research — excuse me for administration to give an overview of the different pots or money

I’m working with my counterparts to see if some of those rules can be relaxed and you’ll understand why in a little bit But those refunds come from different pots of money We’re able to sustain where we’re at and we make a promise to each of you to hold true to your positions without any layoffs or furloughs during this fiscal year And we want to continue that I’ll get to that in a second But if Colton puts up that slide, this is where we’re going So our current projections are for starting July 1st, for the new fiscal year, is $6.8 million tuition shortfall That doesn’t account for housing, anything that might happen in housing or athletics Primarily that 6.8% — $6.8 million is due to a reduction in credit hours for incoming students It’s important to note, first time student enrollment is actually up, including for the I-35 corridor Our tuition shortfall is based on what’s happening with our returning students And a lot of that can be based on things like parents being laid off at — from their jobs, students and families not knowing about the University and are we going to open up in the fall So there are many variables But that’s kind of a good place to be with enrollment, first year up, and hopefully we’ll be able to add some stability so that those students that haven’t re-enrolled will re-enroll So there’s two scenarios And this is where as we have our discussions today there are going to be some unknowns I know that all of us would like very definitive answers and I just don’t have it for you yet But we’re going to work through this as a group We have two dynamics that are happening We know that we have that 6.8 million shortfall Now, we also received 4.4 million as part of an $8.8 million stimulus from the CARES From the federal government We are about to send off as soon as we receive those funds for the students, and we need to get those funds into students’ hands as soon as possible The other half, the other 4.4 is the institutional portion The Department of Education has not provided any guidance on that yet At all So we don’t know how we can apply that 4.4 But if we’re able to use it for part of our projections shortfall, then we lower it to 2.4 million And then that could even get lower if enrollment gets better, if there’s another federal stimulus And if the economy rebounds even stronger than projected So we can go from a 6 point 8 to potentially 2.4 or lower That’s the optimistic side of me On the other side, we have these dynamics One, we don’t know for sure what’s going to happen with the pandemic Two, we’re waiting to hear what’s going to happen with state budget We already know for the current fiscal year, because the last few months of the shutdown, the State is now projecting 11% or about $827 million state shortfall And then for next year, fiscal year 2021, where we’re projecting a 6.8 million shortfall The state is projecting 5.8%, or about 445 million The expect eventually in 2021 the economy will re-open up and the economy will get stronger The state does have some surplus So far, the State has already done their budget for fiscal year 2021 Why is that important? Well, right now they’re not planning on coming back into session So that means they would probably delay any across-the-board cuts to state agencies, including Universities That is beneficial for us because we hope that the economy does rebound, potentially there’s going to be another stimulus that happens That could go to the states, so that could diminish that shortfall and not require budget cuts But if those things don’t happen, that 6.8 million division shortfall and our budget shortfall could actually become larger if the state does across the board cuts or just targeted cuts where they might hold K-12 steady and say higher education, you’re going to have a bigger proportion of cut Enrollment could get worse The economy could get weaker These are all things we know For us to start making decisions, though, we’ve already done certain things We’ve done a hiring freeze Including travel Discretionary spending holding To do something like a furlough, which I’ll talk about later, it’s fairly premature and it’s a measure I’m not ready to take right yet There are some issues, though One of which is there is federal unemployment under the stimulus that expires July 31st

And that could be very important if we had to do a furlough for many of our staff So those are a lot of dynamics at play And we’ll keep talking about it briefly If we can go to the next slide and I’ll move forward Okay So I talked about we have different pots of money, as we try to do mitigation strategies By statute we have to balance our budget There’s no way around that We need to continue the best student experience from education on campus, counseling, etc I personally want to minimize any adverse impacts to our campus family And then we have a variety of regulations and policies that we have to comply with It’s not as easy as saying, well, why don’t you stop doing this for this project Because we have different obligations with different constituencies Then we have to comply with contractual obligations Those can be from donors, can be with personnel, contractors, etc Not that we can’t get out of some of those, but that would incur additional cost with litigation potentially All right Next slide So the different strategies I already talked about those that are in green, the first two being the hiring freeze or frost And also discretionary spending holding We’re doing that now to try to minimize impacts for the next fiscal year We’re estimating right now about 1.5 to 2% across campus budget reductions We are working to get that lower But as I just showed you and talked about with the unknowns, we’re also going to ask our units to start planning for larger reductions Not that we need to implement it, but we need to think about that We need to be prepared Right now, potentially, this has not been finalized by any means because we are very concerned and I’m very concerned with the families that are going to be attending Wichita State now and also in the future, to really hold them as harmless as possible But right now, in certain budget numbers we’re looking at about a total of 2.2 tuition fee increase, which would be about $90, less than $90 per semester Wichita State University would still be the most affordable research University in Kansas And one of the most affordable for our peers and those in the region And last would be the furloughs and salary cuts, maybe early retirements That’s if it’s required I talked about timing is going to be important So those are the scenarios and things that we’re thinking through Next slide How are we going to do this? What’s the approach? We’re talking about shared governance We’re doing the town hall today It’s important that we keep the campus updated with this information, with drivers, and by drivers, I mean policies, what’s happening in Topeka, federally, other implications We’re going to do these Town Halls and meet on a regular basis Important to note, we have engaged the campus budget advisory council And Faculty Senate has representation on that as well from their budget programs The scenarios I just talked about, the numbers as they start changing and evolving, which happen on a daily basis, we’re going to keep that budget advisory council, which is faculty, staff, and student representation, as well as administration, to think through and make recommendations Some of these recommendations are at my request, are being made, I’ve asked our division VPs and deans to ensure that they engage both their faculty and staff to think through if it’s a 1.5, 2% or lower across the board cuts, ways that can be done most effectively and appropriately for each of those units And then take those suggestions to the budget advisory council We need to have some consistency and some rules, regulations, HR, etc And so we want to make sure that those are bounced off appropriately And then personally, I’m trying, as well as the provost, to engage the various constituent heads, the Senate Presidents Them to provide input, guidance, suggestions, feedback, what their constituencies are providing and for us to think through where we’re at I just want to be very clear on this None of these decisions are great We are fortune that We’re in a much, much better situation than both other Universities in Kansas and across the nation We had seen some Universities which are facing up to a quarter of a billion dollars shortfall But ultimately we have to make decisions that are based on both the near term and the long-term stability of this institution We continue to work I think, you know, we’ve seen a lot of institutions which have stopped Higher education in Wichita State specifically have continued to provide education, continued

to provide counseling, mental health support, all the things that our students expect, and working with the community on things that the community needs, from Workforce Development to economic development We are continuing to work, we are going to address these issues, we are going to overcome these issues, and we’ll be the stronger at the end when we come out of it And we will continue to think through what are the things that are going to move this institution forward at six months, a year, six years down the road And we’re going to continue to do that work collectively It’s important for us It’s important for our students And it’s important for our community So with that, I’m going to turn it over to the provost, who is going to talk about what we’re thinking and moving forward in regards to reintegrating the campus Dr. Muma: Thank you, President Golden Hello, everybody I wish I could see you in person It’s good to be here today to talk a little bit about what we’re doing and how we’re going to move forward Before I move forward in my presentation today, I’d like to just give a shout out to everybody on campus, faculty, staff, students who have really stepped up and moved the University forward in a fairly disruptive way And we haven’t had any major issues Special shout out to the folks in the Media Resources Center and instructional design office who have done an outstanding job to help with faculty to transition their coursework, and also in many other different ways And then all the other folks who are working very hard at home, in the various functional offices on campus, keeping the business of our University moving forward I can’t thank you enough for that work And I know how difficult it’s been in some cases So if you go to the next slide, I just want to talk a little bit about where we are in terms of reopening the campus And I’ve been talking about this with various groups, with the faculty Senate executive team, with the deans, and other folks across campus We have a tri-weekly check-in call with the various folks in academic affairs and other offices across campus And we’ve been talking about this for a couple weeks just to see where we were on the possibility of reopening the campus And what I’ve been hearing and from faculty and other folks is that we’re going to have to open at some point And I don’t take this lightly I’m a healthcare provider myself I’m a public health practitioner and I know the issues that we face But we’re going to have to come to grips with the fact that we are going to be living in a new normal, particularly dealing with the virus where there’s no treatment and there’s no vaccine So we can’t be paralyzed We’re going to have to figure out a way to co-exist with the virus and the issues that that brings to us And so you know from the — in the summer semester, they’ve already decided that we would remain our coursework online or remote format So that’s already underway and folks are preparing for that And just so you know, the summer had primarily been coursework that was in an online format already So although there’s some additional courses they’re going to have to move to a distance or online or remote format The majority of our courses are already in that format already In terms of the fall, and coming back to campus, as you know, many of you know that the Sedgwick county order, I believe is scheduled to lapse today And I haven’t heard whether that’s going to be continued The governor’s order expires at the end of day on Monday We’d always told the campus and promised the campus that we’d give at least a couple weeks notice before we move back to campus And so that takes us right before Memorial Day We thought the Tuesday after Memorial Day would be a good time to start phasing in opening of our offices If anything changes, the stay at home orders are continued, we will obviously follow those and take the lead from the public health officials who are making those decisions But even if that happens, we need to continue planning for how we’re going to get back to the campus, get our offices opened up, and making plans for the fall I’ll talk about a little bit more of specifics on health and safety in just a second But in terms of the fall, we’re planning for the campus to be open to faculty, staff and

students It will be necessary to determine how courses should be modified, and I’ll talk about that here in a minute And then students will also, and be residing in the residence halls There will be some health and safety issues that we’re going to have to work through I do want to let you know that the Kansas Board of Regents is exploring the possibility of allowing us to alter our academic schedule, possibly of not having a fall break, having classes offered in different ways, maybe potentially the semester will end earlier than it is currently scheduled But we’ll talk through that as time goes on If you can go to the next slide So in order to help move us forward in this, we’ve established seven working groups And what they’re doing now is developing reintegration plans in preparation to open the campus on the 26th It’s got representation of faculty, staff, and students You’ll see here the different committees, task forces, work groups, whatever you want to call it, with the leads on that And you’ll notice that a lot of those are in academic affairs, but you also have folks in Research and Innovation, campus area, and then our strategic communications office Let’s talk a little bit about health and safety So that’s probably the most important area that we need to solve before we actually start transitioning back to campus We’re following the federal plan that’s been outlined by our government Which has three different phases And so what we’re doing right now is talking to various folks about what’s needed to move back to campus If you read that federal plan, which is available in just searching that on the Internet, you’ll see that in order to start integrating back to campus there has to be some evidence that there is some lessening of the infection rates and actually a movement of flattening the curve So we’re paying very close attention to that We’re also needing to have a better understanding of what would be — we’d be doing with people who come back to campus to making sure that they’re well So looking at personal protective equipment, checking temperatures, checking someone’s overall wellness is going to be very important as we work through So we have a whole group of people working on that representing academic affairs, student affairs, housing, campus police, the physical plant, we’re also looking at cleanliness of buildings and disinfection — disinfecting the buildings So lots of different issues that we’re going to have to work out there And I’ve given all of these groups until next Friday to give us a general outline of how they’re going to move forward You can put that slide back up, I’d appreciate it And so the next committee, or the work group is campus activities, classroom activities, spaces across campus And they’re working at looking at physical distancing issues, how many people can be in a room, what kinds of things are needed along those lines And so that’s being led by registrar and David Wright We’ve also recently looked at classroom utilization and we know that we have spaces that we can spread out if we need to In terms of faculty curricular design, Carolyn Shaw and a whole group of faculty are looking at how we might move forward in that If you looked at an article this week by Inside Higher Education, it’s a really good article about how we might want to think about moving forward And that’s everything from online, which we’re familiar with, it could also be front-loading some of the content earlier in the semester If we’re worried about having too many people who can’t physical distance in a class, it may mean offering the course, for example, Tuesday and Thursday course for a third of the students meet on Tuesday, a third of the students meet on Thursday, and a third of the students are doing something online So there’s all those kinds of options that are available What I want to get away from is as we move forward, particularly closer to the fall semester, I want to get away from us having to make a decision, telling you this is what you need to do I’d much rather you tell us how we can learn to offer things differently and co-exist with this virus in a new normal that we’re faced with I think that would be more satisfying to faculty There would be less disappointment If we have to make something happen to you versus you help us make a decision in how

we move forward So that’s going to be a very key group that will be offering recommendations and advice moving forward We also have a lot of issues around student finances, not only the fact that students are hurting during this, many of their families as well So, you know, we do have some extra resources to give to students through the CARES Act But also having students understand why we’re charging fees, why we’re charging the tuition rates that we’re charging, making — have a better understanding of why those are still necessary And so there’s a group that’s come together, student affairs, academic affairs, various other places across campus to try to come up with some messaging for students around that Of course research is important to us as a research institution and Dr. Colleen Pugh who is AVP for research and dean of the graduate school already has a good process that she went through when we actually went to a remote working situation and now she’s reversing that and doing some updates to that and various folks are involved in research are working in that Our innovation partners are important to consider As you know, we have a lot of businesses that are located on our campus and we want to make sure they’re in sync with us and we’re in sync with them and they’re doing similar things to us We don’t want us — our campus to be doing one thing and their employees doing something different And then we nix and there’s probably not a lot of good that would come out of that So Tanya Witherspoon and her team is leading that particular work group And then, finally, the most important thing here really is how we communicate this to the campus We’ve heard things that people feel like it’s dangerous for us to think about coming back on May 26th But again, we’re following our federal plan We’re following the local planning documents that our county is putting together And the local plans that further beyond that as well as the state plans So we’re not doing anything that is out of the ordinary We’re just trying to be making good decisions about how we move forward And so communicating that to the campus is going to be key as we move towards moving back to campus So that’s the plan in a nutshell Be happy to answer any questions I believe Jeff was going to do those later on in the session Jeff: All right Thank you both for those presentations My plan is to start with some questions about the budget and then finish the session with some questions about return to campus And I think Matt’s got a first question related to the budget Matt: Yes Thank you Does the University foresee any actions if there are furloughs, layoffs or any salary cuts for fiscal year ’21? Dr. Golden: I’ll take that one, Matt Thank you So, you know, I showed that $6.8 million shortfall I have confidence that we can work through as a University community both with the actions we’ve already taken with the request to reduce the budget across the board by about 1.5 to 2% that we won’t have to do furloughs And that’s the path I’m really trying to have us move forward on But I need to be very transparent with the campus You know, unknown If enrollment were to really tank, that would be one issue If the State and the governor comes back and says higher education has to take a budget cut, that could precipitate it I personally am hopeful that the legislators and the governor will wait until around January to see what has happened and transpired to understand because we have federal stimulus coming, the economy could pick back up Don’t forget, folks, and I’m not pushing one political party versus the other, but we do have elections in November And those elections have consequences potentially for us So all those things are at play The plan right now, and again, we’re engaging as part of shared governance, the advisory council, is to try to move forward And right now we don’t anticipate furloughs But I just — we just don’t know because we don’t know — Jeff: Thanks Julie I think has a question as well Julie: Yeah So prior to the economic disruption caused by COVID, University had some plans in place

where they were talking about in the next fiscal year budget to continue addressing employees who are below market pay And provide them with base pay increases as part of a multi-year process Last year you were able to start with faculty and I think staff were potentially going to be coming on board this year Can you talk about those efforts and where they stand now in light of the economic crisis for FY asks 21? Dr. Muma: I can answer that question So, yes, we have put that as a priority in the budget planning Right now it is not in the mandatory funding section of those plans Obviously that’s disappointing to me because we spent so much effort doing this with faculty first and then staff, you know There is always a chance particularly if our enrollment improves or does — comes in above from what we were projecting, it’s a possibility to add that back in But right now it’s been taken off the table Dr. Golden: And I just want to — the provost said something very important You know, we don’t have control over what the State does We do have, to a certain extent, control over enrollment And to the extent as a campus we can come together, we can have a very positive outward-facing that we’re prepared, we’re ready for our students to come back for our deans, our chairs, and our faculty to reach out to the prospective students, strategic enrollment group, reaching out to students and families doing virtual town halls with them as well The optics are very important We want to be prepared and we want to be truthful in what we’re saying to them So more than we can do to have this campus open in a very safe and positive way is going to be important for our institution Jeff: A bunch of questions from the budget in the chat box I guess I’ll use this as a time to tell people, keep typing them in We’re going to try to get all of these asked There’s a question about the hiring degrees and if we have any idea when that might be lifted Dr. Golden: So first of all, I keep thinking it’s a hairing frost, not a freeze But there are some — first of all, there’s some exception, right So health and safety and compliance We still need to move forward on those And there may be some other key positions, including grants, individuals that are on grants, different pots of money Right now we’re kind of in a wait and see, Jeff And whoever asked that question We need to keep it in place to ensure that we can meet our budget and then the variables as to what happens with the state, with enrollment, those type of things If we move more to the left of my slide, where we have the better scenario, then those type of restrictions will be eased up a bit But it’s just way too early to tell, so for the — Jeff: A couple questions about the federal stimulus money, both for student side and non-student side I want to get both of those asked I know you talked about this a little, but maybe to add a little more detail to that On the student side, do we know when that aid will be available to students? And how they’d be able to apply for that? Dr. Golden: Let me jump in for part of it and provost will jump in God bless federal government because with every gift requires a lot of paperwork that needs to be filled out And across the country, less than half the institutions have actually sent in their application But WSU and WSU Tech did that We did it last week We’ve been told that we should be receiving the money probably within 12 days of doing that But there’s only been a couple Universities — we, the purpose of that is to get those funds into Pell eligible students’ hands ASAP To get it back in the economy We — there’s no requirement for them to fill out the application, no requirement to have them tell us where they’re going to use those funds International students, dreamers are not allowed to access those funds We’re working with the Foundation, that 4.4 Different Universities have different approaches right now We’re trying to be alith bit more consistent But for the most part it needs to go out ASAP into the students’ hands I don’t know if the provost wants to add something Dr. Muma: I’ll just add that so in the interim while we’re waiting on the federal funds, we have raised quite a bit of money through the Foundation to award students who are in need, and they have given out several of those awards Julie probably knows the exact number So we’re going to continue to do that and follow that, at least initially And then when we do get the money, we’ll be able to bridge into that for extra assistance to students Julie, you might want to say something for about it because you work in financial aid

Julie: Thanks for lobbing that over to me We’ve awarded well over 100 students the funds that are coming into the Foundation and I really want to commend faculty and staff, not only are community — our community has donated to that fund, but faculty and staff have been noted as donating to that fund as well And so that’s going to really help offset some expenses for students in the immediate future Students can apply for that at Wichita.edu/finaidCOVID-19 There’s an application out there for them to continue submitting those applications if they’re experiencing some financial hardships Dr. Golden: Then, Jeff, real briefly, on the other half, the other 4.4 million, which is the institutional, it wasn’t until late last week that — or maybe even this week It’s a blur right now That actually the Department of Education put out the application process We’re submitting that application process There has not been any guidance from the federal government Department of education on how those funds can be used If we have total discretion, that 4.4 would help drop our $6.8 million shortfall to 2.4 million We’re just waiting to hear And as soon as we hear, we will broadcast and let everybody know Jeff: I think kind of the question we’ve all heard in various places and there hasn’t been a lot of direction on that I guess the question maybe was in a good case, what are the kinds of things we might be able to use that money for? If it was super narrow, do we have any idea what that could go for? Dr. Golden: We’re still trying to evaluate it I don’t want to give hypothesis Because the guidance, I don’t know Dr. Muma: There’s a couple of things that have been mentioned And that’s the expenses that we needed to incur to move to online, remote format You know, like buying laptops, ChromeBooks, hot spots, those sorts of things So we know that that’s been mentioned in some of the narrative that we read Jeff: One other for sure question on the budget side There’s a question about staff and faculty paying fees for parking still even though we were not allowed to come to the camp us Was there any discussion about refunding or not charging faculty and staff for those parking fees? Dr. Muma: Well, you want know answer that? Dr. Golden: Absolutely Jeff: I think the person who asked it probably wants you Dr. Muma: So we’ve had lots of conversations about parking We already made a decision awhile back that we weren’t going to refund any of the faculty and staff for paying for parking on campus They’re still getting paid They still have access to campus Although we want them to stay away as much as possible, but they still have access to campus We still have the infrastructure to pay for it The reality is, if someone wanted to stop paying for their parking they could gothrough do that through financial operations if that was an issue to them And it wasn’t a lot of money considering how — where we were in the fiscal year in terms of making those refunds Jeff: There’s a question on the chat about The Flats and suites And I think Matt has a question about that, too So maybe we’ll toss it back to him Matt: After last week’s KBOR meeting it was announced with the — when is the purchase going to go through for the two buildings? And are they full now? And is there going to be any social distancing guidelines set up for the tenants in those billings? Dr. Golden: Sure, great question So we received KBOR authorization, for this coming fiscal year, fiscal year 2021, we anticipate the difference, the savings from what we have to pay for leasing it, we always have to pay to lease it if a third party owned it That was the initiative, the company out of Boston was trying to buy it from the developer and we had first refusal And so if we want to maintain our residence halls in the middle of our campus, for our students to live and not permit — we had to buy it It was very fortuitous because the interest now is all-time low, 2.75% So we are — the difference between just for this year, saving from what we pay to lease to our bond payment is about $650,000 And we know there would be 2% — and that company could have sold it to another company in another country And we’re locked in for 25 years Our plan is to purchase, to go through with the bonding this year, before August, and

I think — so we are going to continue that savings Again, different pots of money and remember that we had to spend about $2.7 million to get housing refunds So that will help replenish some of those funds in case another emergency The other part was the question are they full My understanding is the Flats, I believe it’s The Flats, might be — the flats is already full And The Suites is close But not yet And we are thinking about and as the provost is talked about earlier, as the campus — we’re going to be providing scenarios where do we have to have some areas — some floors maybe open in case we need to self-isolate someone who looks like they’re sick, self-garn teen A lot of — self-quarantine A lot of scenarios to play with But actually we and K-State surprisingly deposits are up for housing Jeff: I think the question in the chat also got at where are we in the process, so are we for sure going to buy those facilities? And I guess to your point about our contractual obligation, do we have a fixed cost whether we own it or not? Whether, you know, whether there’s one in a dorm room or — Dr. Golden: Unless we want to say, no, we’re going to allow anybody from anywhere to live in the middle of our campus with our students, we’re contractually obligated We will have to lease all of it And as I just demonstrated, just this year alone we’re going to save $650,000 So, yes, we are moving forward with it for all the right purposes, including don’t forget we’re an institute for higher learning And there’s a lot of literature that says students that live on campus have a higher GPA, are more likely to graduate on time, they have access to our counselors, to people living in the dorms So there’s a lot of reasons that it’s the appropriate thing to do Jeff: Thanks Julie, anything else on the budget you want to ask? Julie: Yeah Just kind of a follow-up on some of the larger budget items that are starting to get discussed and were discussed last week at KBOR For instance, in the past couple of weeks there’s been significant discussion about building some additional building projects at the University in the future Those included raising Cessna Stadium and then plans for the convergent sciences buildings And Dr. Golden, I think in one meeting recently you likened the strategic planning process to a game of chess where you really have a to be thinking — have to be thinking several steps ahead, what’s your opponent going to be doing, how do you position for the future? So can you talk about that future planning and how we reconcile as an institution budget cuts in the present and then significant financial expenditures in the future? Dr. Golden: Sure So am a systems engineer, so I always think like a chess game So I smiled when this came up I want to tell the campus community, that is not high on the priority We’re not trying to tear it down right away, etc But if a donor came up to any one of us and said here’s X number of million dollars, tear it down and rebuild it, we certainly as I said, different pots of money We’re not going to turn it down But we’re not actively doing that That was something that got started earlier We, under shared governance, I keep coming back to that, we have a task force, an athletic task force that was part of the request to them to evaluate that I checked with one of them before the day of KBOR Yes, moved forward with getting the authorization which we could do in the future But don’t start focusing on trying to get — raise money for that at this time We’re not Convergent sciences And digital transformation Let me talk about that just briefly The State legislature, another University was authorized — or another University had put in for $5 million of funding for a program And the legislators reached out to us and said, well, Wichita State University should also be at the table because we think the work that you’re doing in the innovation University is important So we put together the proposal under the convergent sciences, but under digital transformation Which spans everything from humanities, math, business, engineering, etc Because I’m never going to turn down an opportunity to get $5 million for faculty, staff, and students, for those funds to be used for grad students, undergrad students, etc So we, even though, I know the optics are difficult at a time of budget, they — the legislators asked us to get KBOR approval to put it forward as an idea Likely not going to get funded this year, but it’s in the queue to maybe two years down

the road, 2022 when they’re trying to get the economy going, we might be in line for that because it’s approved The buildings We’re considering NIAR kind of convergent sciences one Then there’s convergent sciences two and three, in theory Let me take three first Three is a concept that as our faculty have been working on convergent science proposals, that would house our campus And it could have other amenities in there, too Other locations Potentially a place for a faculty break room, I don’t want to call it, restaurant, whatever you want to call it Areas for staff or grad students, but where we can bring staff and faculty from different programs together On the main campus Not the innovation campus, if you will That’s predicated on us getting funding for a program That’s predicated on getting on the capital projects But it’s something we would like to do It’s important But we’re not committing any funds to that right now Convergent science two, which is digital transformation, that’s part of on the Innovation Campus Again, different pots of money NetApp is moving on That’s 600 employees who already have a presence There are some other companies, global companies offering opportunities for research and for experiences We have a couple entities for a later date, WSIA, as well as the mill levy, so that’s — different pots or funds, that could potentially be used There have been no decisions on that But we will have — we will continue going forward with studying and we will have discussions with leadership if that’s what we should be doing It’s important to just know that we need to be prepared, we need the University to continue to move forward But again, you’ve already heard, we want to balance that I don’t want to do furloughs And I don’t want bigger budget cuts than we need So we’re going to balance it But I want us to keep thinking about how do we move this University forward together Jeff: All right We have a lot of questions about return to campus I think that’s on people’s minds So we’re going to transition and get a couple in that area as well And Julie I think has one to lead us off Julie: Yeah Can you tell us some of the institutions that your in communication with in terms of sharing the best practices for reopening campus? You know, who else are we talking to? Even not just within KBOR, but who else outside of Kansas might we be chatting with? And what guidelines and experts are you listening to that are going to help shape the reopening of Wichita State, both this summer and the fall? Dr. Golden: Let’s share this I’ll start briefly and let the provost give the longer answer I’m in contact, KBOR — Presidents, chancellor, every — at least twice a week, sharing those best practices and — talk us to about moving forward Those — APLU, there was call of all the Presidents, chancellors and that’s ongoing where we’re sharing these best national practices and ideas and concerns Folks should know at Texas has opened up I think it’s next week that the University of Houston system and other Texas universities So we’re going to be tracking what other institutions are doing and how they’re doing it The private sector is also very big part of this Industry is ramping up and manufacturing and others They have a lot of environmental, health and safety things that they’re sharing and they’ve been stepping up They’ve been working with both WSU Tech and our own University So we’re really trying to reach out, we’re trying to bring community members, partners within higher education, as well as health officials And I’ll let the provost give you a little more detail Dr. Muma: Yeah I’ve been noticing all the questions about this And a couple of things So the follow-up what President Golden was saying, so just this morning I met with all the provosts in the Kansas Board of Regents system, Universities to talk just about this And how each of us were thinking about opening up It’s not hard to find out information on this Obviously there’s a federal plan There’s a local plan There’s a state plan And then as me as a health care provider, I’m evaluating looking at things on a daily basis that make sense I want to just looking at some of the comments, I want everybody to understand something very clearly Yes, we’re going to open up, but we’re going to do it in a safe way One of the things that we don’t — that we didn’t have when we closed down is a lot of

information that’s out there now We didn’t know what was actually expected of us And we didn’t know what we needed to do in terms of disinfecting buildings We didn’t know a lot of things that are widely available and are being discussed widely And we’re going to follow each one of those guidelines And there were some comments on the chat about what folks who are immunocompromised, have families or different kind of personal situations that will prevent them from coming back We’re going to work with everybody to make sure that we do this in a phased fashion There won’t be people, and that’s part of the federal plan and local plan, state plan, is to continue to have staggered work schedules, to continue to encourage teleworking as much as possible So we’re not just jumping into this and haphazardly thinking about doing this There’s been questions and raised on the chat about PPE and who’s going to be providing that So right now we’re going through a process to determining what we actually will need Face masks, face shields, partitions, thermometers, various other kinds of things, hand sanitizer So we’re taking inventory of what we have, what we would need, and at this point the University will be providing most of that to our campus and the students We don’t want to put an extra burden on that for the employees and the students But I do want to tell you that we’re going through this in a very methodical, careful, restrained way We’re not rushing into in addition Jeff: Rick, if I could follow up on that, I think you’re right, a lot of the questions are what about, what about, some of those logistics questions It might be early to know for sure But as you think about a staggered approach and phasing this in, how long do you anticipate that stagger to be? Do you think we would be at full staff and faculty on the campus even in the fall? Dr. Muma: I think in just what I’m reading, what I’m hearing, I think we’re going to be in sort of a stagger situation probably for the foreseeable future But we’re going to be open where people can come to campus physically So and that just depends on, you know, the burden of the disease in the community Right now we have over 300 cases We have community spread That’s a concern We’re doing more testing as well So that’s opening up that information to the community So it’s hard to say, Jeff, how long that’s going to take But we’re going to take however long we need to, would be the answer for that And, you know, it’s going to be a difference in what we’ve been doing before It’s not going to be turning on a light switch and, oh, everybody show up at work on the 26th It’s not going to be that way at all Jeff: Yeah I think the questions are concerns about rooted in anxiety that people might have to come back to campus And I think people might like to hear that for some people, we know there will be staggered work schedules and they might not be back for awhile Dr. Muma: Yeah And as more information comes together as these work groups continue to work on some of their plans, we’ll have more information to share as we go through the process Jeff: In the chat I promised one person I’d ask her question So I better do that before we get to 5:00 There’s a question about why we’re reopening right after memorial day if everybody is traveling for Memorial Day, shouldn’t we wait two weeks after that before we start phasing people back on to the campus? Dr. Golden: Why are you traveling? Dr. Muma: Yeah So just follow up with what Jay just — the question, the rhetorical question he posed there If you look at the federal plans, local plans, state plans, they’re not recommending people to travel So that’s something that we’re going to be communicating to the campus We’re not going to be traveling in any way that’s non-essential It sounds like that would be an obvious thing to do But I think most people are probably not going to travel They’re probably not going to go on a big vacation over Memorial Day and congregate around a lake and barbecues and that sort of thing Certainly that’s not something that we’re — that any public official is encouraging at this point Jeff: We’ve talked about faculty and staff as it’s kind of all one big group But there’s some — there’s a question on there about RSC employees and whether they’d return under the same schedule or not? Dr. Muma: So each of the divisional vice presidents, the RSC reports up through the student affairs will be making their own plans We’ll all be following the same kind of processes

And so they’ll also be some staggered schedules for that particular organization There is some extra careful concern that goes into the RSC because that’s where a lot of the food services are located That’s where congregation space is And so there may be a situation in RSC that there’s places that are roped off where — or the furniture is taken out and distanced so people can physical distance more easily So but yes The campus will be doing the same thing in terms of how we migrate back to campus Dr. Golden: And there’s a question — [ indiscernible ] The answer is — [ indiscernible ] Regulations and rules by different communities that — way too early to tell what’s going to happen Jeff: There’s a question, concern I guess about as things start to get better what happens if we back slide as a community? Any sense of what closing again might be like for the campus? Dr. Muma: Well, I’ll step in there So I don’t want to say that that’s not going to happen Certainly Because that’s — anything is possible But, again, as I said earlier, we know a lot more about what we need to do as a community in Wichita, Sedgwick County, but also here at Wichita State If there are policies that are put in place that don’t protect the health and safety of individuals, that’s — there’s a good chance that that could happen But I don’t see that happening in this county, and I don’t see it happening in the state So, again, if we have to do something drastic, we would be prepared to do that But, again, I think that’s remote And you have to understand, when you’re looking at this disease and looking at our entire country, there’s regional differences Obviously the burden of disease in our state is not like New York or Washington state or Louisiana, although we have had some uptick in cases And that’s going to be all taken into consideration as we work through this But, again, we’re going to do it in a strategic way We’re going to listen to our community partners We’re going to do the right thing and make sure that people are protected Dr. Golden: And there’s a lot of venues for people if they have real concerns that we want to know about it So certainly with their supervisors, Senate representatives, directly contacting the VPs or myself Please let us know because we want to address them Jeff: Yeah I think that really gets at the comments that have been happening on the chat right now, with people who are on the campus working and some concerns about social distancing as that happens there Dr. Muma: Yeah We’ve been hearing about some of those concerns, and I have to tell you, I just want to remind everybody that this is a real thing and this is something that we need to be engaging in It’s hard to do And I find myself when I’m out walking around the neighborhood not youring about that But then I have to — not worrying about that But then I have to think, okay, something different is going on It takes awhile to come to grips with this But it’s important for everybody all across our campus, in our city and county, United States, to be engaging in this This is what will help us lessen the disease burden as we go forward Jeff: All right We’re getting close to our hour here Any final comments, President Golden? Provost, that you’d lake to say? Dr. Golden: I would just like to, again, thank everybody for all the hard work and dedication you put forward, not only just for our students but for each other and the community These are very trying times There’s no doubt But we will — if we stay positive, work together, communicate to one another, we’re going to get through this stronger It’s just going to — we just don’t know how long it’s going to take But I ask for your support with each other as we navigate these Dr. Muma: Yeah I echo what President Golden has said as well I really, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the work that everybody has done and pulled together It’s beyond belief really for me When I think about what you all have done to make this transition and to keep the momentum going is beyond impressive And I trust that you will let me know, like you always do

If you have issues that come about, and I’ll make the, again, the deal that I will be as transparent as possible and making sure that we communicate fully as we move forward Jeff: Well, on behalf of all three of our Senates, thank you for giving us your time this afternoon I think we had over 700 people at one point watching I know the return to campus I think will be our main topic at the town hall in the two weeks from now And given even some last minute questions that are going on there about what we’re going to do more specifically for people who have kind of return to work questions We’ll try to get all of those asked and answered in two weeks’ time Dr. Muma: Yes, absolutely Jeff: All right Thank you all very much Thanks, Julie Dr. Golden: Have a good weekend, everybody

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