WLU task force issues recommendations for program prioritization and new budget model

December 1, 2014

A Wilfrid Laurier University task force has wrapped up an 18-month program and resource review initiative, releasing a report with recommendations around WLU’s academic and administrative priorities. The Integrated Planning and Resource Management (IPRM) initiative consisted of faculty, staff, and student representatives, who evaluated all administrative and academic programs, considering the alignment of each with institutional priorities. The task force also reviewed budgeting processes and examined alternative budget models. The report suggests the adoption of a new “responsibility-centred” budget model that would allow administrative and academic units to conduct their own budget decision-making. The review process determined that a majority of WLU programs are viable and of good or excellent quality; however, the report does recommend that 9 administrative and 18 academic programs be “maintained at a minimal level or considered for phase-out.” WLU News Release | Full Report