10 April 2011

The Financial Condition of Washington State University: Are Drastic Academic Cuts Really Necessary?

This presentation, sponsored by the Washington State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors (WSU-AAUP), will address the university's current financial status, funding, and costs to give us a better basis for discussion of how the univesity should go forward from here.  WSU-AAUP welcomes all members of the university community to this public presentation.

As a professor of accounting at Eastern Michigan University with a background in accounting and law (B.A. in Accounting from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; J.D. from the Fordham Law School; M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Chicago; CPA and licensed attorney), Dr. Bunsis is particularly well qualified to look at the economic situation of public universities, which operate with complex funding sources and within the constraints of state law.  He teaches graduate accounting courses in financial accounting and government accounting.  In addition, Dr. Bunsis teaches the law for nonprofit organizations as part EMU's nonprofit management program.  For more information about Dr. Bunsis, please see his bio at http://www.cob.emich.edu/include/biosTemplate.cfm?ID=1112&biosID=9.

Dr. Bunsis is currently the secretary-treasurer of the national AAUP and the chair of the Collective Bargaining Congress of the AAUP, with substantial experience in both his local AAUP chapter at Eastern Michigan University and the national AAUP.

The WSU-AAUP believes that a clear understanding of the financial status of WSU is essential to present and future plans for the university.  As faculty and members of the WSU community, if we are to contribute to that planning and participate in the governance of this university, we must understand the current financial condition of the university. 

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