New school year, new budget cuts. Last year WSU underwent massive cuts, including the elimination of the Theatre and Dance department. When the budget crisis continued, the university decided to change their approach. WSU President Elson S. Floyd has stated that he intends to move away from the strategy of elimination. While it is regrettable that the aforementioned cuts were already made, The Daily Evergreen Editorial Board is pleased to hear that no more eliminations are being planned.
It seems that the latest attempts to combat shrinking budgets is coming in the forms of department consolidation and increased enrollment. Unfortunately, a historically large freshman class presents a whole new set of problems. Any student who has spent time in Pullman will tell you that riding the bus to school is a nightmare. Adding roughly one thousand new students to the mix has not helped. In order to compensate, the number of routes that serve Pullman students must be increased. Students at WSU pay into the Services and Activities fees each year, part of which goes to fund Pullman Transit. Theoretically, as the number of students increases, so should the number of operating buses.
Due to department consolidation, administrators and advisers are being forced to take on ever-increasing loads of students. New advisers are not being hired to compensate. There were not enough advisers to go around, even before enrollment was inflated.
President Floyd freely admitted that consolidation is not a sustainable solution if and when budget cuts continue. However, it is clear that increasing enrollment is a direction that our University will continue to move in. For that reason, The Daily Evergeen Editorial Board recommends that the resources of services such as transit and advising be increased before they exceed capacity. There is only so much strain that the students and staff here in Pullman can take.
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