To: Campus Community

From: John Anderson, Provost and University Vice President and Hossein Sadid, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Subject: Budget and Workforce Update

Case Western Reserve University’s administration continues to provide important information to the campus regarding the budget for FY07 and the recent workforce adjustments affecting the university staff. The entire institution has been through a difficult and challenging process, and the university acknowledges the need for the campus community to receive accurate and timely information relating to these matters.

The University Board of Trustees met this past weekend to discuss and take action on the university’s budget for FY07. At the meeting, the Board approved an $826.52 million budget for the coming year. While the approved budget contains more than $33.38 million in cost reductions resulting from cuts in non-salary expenses and workforce adjustments, the Board felt strongly that in order to continue to sustain areas of innovation and education it would not be prudent to reach a breakeven budget in FY07. Therefore, the FY07 budget projects a $10.5 million deficit. The Board and administration are committed to a balanced budget in FY08, and our first look at the FY08 budget shows we will be able to achieve this goal while we remain focused on the university’s core academic and research mission.

As of June 2, workforce reductions resulted in 18 early retirements, 99 layoffs and elimination of a significant number of open positions. These actions enabled Case to significantly reduce the $44 million projected deficit. The central administration experienced 56 layoffs and 12 early retirements for a total workforce reduction of 68. In the affected schools, Weatherhead had 5 staff layoffs and 3 early retirements, the School of Engineering had 4 layoffs and 2 early retirements, and the School of Medicine had 34 layoffs and one retirement.

We recognize that this is a difficult situation for the entire campus community and appreciate your patience and understanding as we move through this transitional period. We remain committed to making the changes that will bring about a stronger Case Western Reserve University for our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.



Case Wednesday Barbecues are back. There will be eight festive buffets with picnic tables, lively music and vegetarian options. The fifth barbecue season begins on June 7 and runs through July 26 at the Crawford Deck between Crawford and Tomlinson Halls from 11:30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. (rain site is Tomlinson Marketplace on the ground floor of Tomlinson Hall). The cost of $7.50 includes food and beverage of the day; 20 oz. bottled beverages are available for purchase for $1. CaseCharge, CaseCash, and cash accepted. Sponsored by Bon Appetit, the Office of Summer Programs, Campus Services, and the Office of Student Activities. The kick-off barbecue on June 7 features a southern-influenced buffet and music with Coventry Jones (acoustic folk and blues).  For complete menus and information go to

Participants are needed for a research study being held in the School of Dental Medicine to evaluate the effect of a toothpaste containing a vitamin-like substance on gingivitis. You may be eligible if you are at least 18 years of age; in good general health; have not had your teeth cleaned in the last 3 months; non-smoker. Eligible participants will receive an oral examination, toothbrush and toothpaste, and monetary compensation for parking. Contact Janet McKinney for more information at 368-6757.


New start at Case

The Plain Dealer, June 5, 2006

Gregory Eastwood has sounded all of the right themes about restoring credibility at Case Western Reserve University. But even if the school's new interim president is as wise and warm as advertised, he can't achieve his aims without trustees willing to act on his words.

“Metro set on $30M senior renovation”

Crain’s Cleveland Business, June 5, 2006

Now that it has $10 million from Cuyahoga County, MetroHealth Medical Center is ready to begin its $30 million transformation of the former Deaconess Hospital into a catchall space for senior health care. “It will include everything from psychiatry to podiatry and everything in between,” said Dr. James Campbell, chairman of the Department of Family Practice, director of geriatric health at MetroHealth and a professor of family medicine at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine.

“In a class by itself, the Addison turns 75”

Boston Globe, June 4, 2006

When Kenneth Tyler, perhaps the premier American printmaker, retired four years ago, he made substantial donations of his work to three institutions: the Tate Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Addison Gallery of American Art. “If you had to go to one place to experience American art, in some ways the Addison is the best place to go," says Henry Adams, professor of American art at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and biographer of Eakins and Thomas Hart Benton. “It's almost like the Frick Collection [in New York] for Old Masters: It's very small, it's very select, with great paintings.”

“Expensive threats”

Medina Gazette, June 5, 2006

Whoever used the pay phone at 1480 Pearl Road on May 17 made an expensive call. By the time the caller hung up, thousands of dollars in public resources were mobilized to respond to bomb threats at Brunswick, Medina and Buckeye high schools. In any case, someone who makes a false bomb threat has a case of extreme egocentrism, said T.J. McCallum, a professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University.

“Schools Expand Accounting Programs; Add New Courses”, June 5, 2006

Job prospects remain bright for accounting graduates and the number of students enrolled in accounting programs continues to grow in some areas of the country. Colleges and universities are expanding and adding to their programs as national, regional and local accounting firms compete for their students, Crain’s Cleveland Business Journal says. The number of students majoring in accounting at Case Western Reserve University has remained relatively flat, despite the demand for accounting graduates, said Jerry Weinstein, chairman of Case’s accountancy department. “There certainly is a perception that this is a very difficult major, and students get scared off by that,” he told Crain’s.

“Business Schools' New Mission: Promoting Peace”

Wall Street Journal (subscription), June 2, 2006

Business schools should go one step further than teaching ethics and corporate social responsibility. M.B.A. programs should teach students about the role of business in achieving and destabilizing world peace. Notre Dame is one of four business schools planning conferences around the peace-through-commerce theme this year. The others are George Washington University, the University of Southern California and Case Western Reserve University.

“Liability Issues Shape Colleges' Response to Suicide Attempts”

Psychiatric News, June 2, 2006

Case Western Reserve University along with University of South Dakota, the University of Puget Sound, and the University of Washington, Seattle use a suicide prevention model that is working by requiring any student who threatens or attempts suicide to attend sessions for professional assessment.

“Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland researchers publish latest findings”

World Disease Weekly, June 6, 2006

Case Western Reserve University published article on how ICD-9-CM codes fail to identify patients with comorbid chronic kidney disease in diabetes.

“Cancer survivors worry about recurrence”

United Press International, June 2, 2006

One-third of U.S. cancer survivors worry about recurrences, lingering effects from treatment and a shortened lifespan, finds a study. Researchers from Case Western Reserve University's Cancer Survivor Research Project said their survey was one of the first studies to look at the worries experienced by long-term cancer survivors.

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“Part 'Survivor,' Part 'Apprentice,' All Reality”

New York Times, June 4, 2006

Time was when nabbing an internship meant showing up and asking. That was more or less the way I got my first one, at a congressman's office, during a summer in high school. But competition has ratcheted up over the years, and this generation of students — students who need a Nobel prize just to get into college — are conquering peaks to gain experience that might lead to their first jobs.

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The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is holding an information session on June 8 from 5:30–7 p.m. at Trinity Commons, 2230 Euclid Ave. Learn about obtaining a degree in nonprofit management, and ways to build a nonprofit career. The application deadline for fall 2006 admissions is July 15. To RSVP, contact, or call 368-6025.

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The Staff Advisory Council is sponsoring an open forum today from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Strosacker Auditorium. Scheduled to attend are Hossein Sadid, chief financial and administrative officer and Tony Kinslow, vice president of human resources. Index cards will be provided for questions.

The Weatherhead Admissions office invites all interested employees to a part-time MBA informational luncheon on June 13 at noon at the Peter B. Lewis Building, room 103. Learn about course offerings during evenings and Saturdays, as well as intensive courses. RSVP by calling 368-2030 or contact

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This section will only be updated occasionally during the summer. For general university information please visit the "Campus News" section.

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Joy Willmott, a substance abuse specialist with University Counseling Services, is the recipient of this year’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award. She is a 1961 MSASS graduate.