[ORDER SOLUTION] Little State University Budgeting Crisis
Little State University Budgeting Crisis You have been hired by AD Beth Duncan to submit a budget proposal that will balance LSUs budget in the face of state budget cuts. Your final case presentation includes two parts: (1) an Excel budget that shows the balanced budget and conforms to the guidelines presented in the case; and (2) a conference call with Beth (aka Emily) to present your plan. In your conference call, you will have 15 minutes for prepared remarks and a maximum of 15 minutes of Q&A. The length of Q&A will depend on the thoroughness of your prepared remarks. You may wish to use a visual presentation to accompany your prepared remarks, but this is not required. Utilize the accompanying Excel-based budget file (found on canvas) to balance the budget minus the loss of income from the state legislature. Be sure to eliminate the deficit and, preferably, budget for a moderate surplus in case next years revenues fall short of expectations or costs exceed projections. Also, make sure the gender disparity of males and females participation opportunities are no worse than the status quo and ideally within the five percent range. As stated in the case, you are limited from balancing the budget through increased revenues, as revenue streams have already been maximized. Keep in mind that budgeting is a political, as well as financial process, and you will have to provide a sound rationale for the choices you make (and defend yourself in the meeting with Beth). Questions to consider in preparation of the case: What overall philosophies guided your decision making in balancing the budget? In this regard, what priorities did you establish in advance dealing with issues such as the following: a. Making cuts equally across all sports versus cutting more funding from some sports than others? b. Eliminating one or more sports programs altogether in order to preserve the budgets of the remaining sports versus cutting expenses from many programs in order to avoid eliminating programs? c. Making cuts in sports programs versus in administrative areas? d. Weighing short-term versus long-term implications of cuts being made? e. The degree to which Title IX and gender equity played a role in deciding which cuts to make? f. Accepting the offer of a guarantee to play a football game at Mid-Sized State University versus the impact of likely adding a loss to the LSU football teams record as a result?