The office of Strategy, Management & Budget provides budget, financial planning, and analysis functions for Western Washington University. The office reports to the Vice President of Business and Financial Affairs and works closely with a wide variety of offices at Western to provide budget, financial planning, and analysis functions to the University.

Short-term Strategies to Respond to Funding Challenges

President Randhawa sent a budget message on March 9th to the university community, outlining the fiscal challenges we currently face. Western is responding to these challenges with a set of short-term strategies effective immediately and base budget reductions of 3 percent to each division effective July 1.

Information about these strategies are described on our Short-Term Savings Strategies webpage and we will be adding a Frequently Asked Questions section to the page soon.

What We Do

  • Develop and implement policies governing resource allocation
  • Analyze budgets from the state Governor, House, and Senate
  • Recommend strategies relating to legislative funding requests
  • Assist in planning, producing, and monitoring biennial and annual budgets for the university
  • Provide financial planning and analysis at the institutional level
  • Serve as the primary resource for state executive and legislative offices
  • Monitor compliance with budget policies
  • Work to ensure budget resources are planned, allocated, and expended in support of Western's strategic goals

News & Updates


Budget proposals were submitted from divisions for consideration as new investments by the President's Cabinet. Proposals are now available on the 2022-23 Budget Proposal Comment Forum.

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to view or submit feedback on proposals using our comment form that is accessible with your universal log in. Comments will be open through April 21st.


Twenty-two proposals were submitted by divisions for this year's Strategic Budgeting process. Proposals will be available to the campus community for review and commenting on Friday, February 24th. Feedback on proposals will also be collected from a campus-wide leadership group and the University Budget Committee and provided to President's Cabinet.


The governor's operating budget proposal for the upcoming biennium was released and it is a strong starting point for WWU. The budget now goes to the state legislature and the House and Senate will release their proposals near the end of the legislative session. SMB has developed a summary of the governor's budget proposal along with a detailed analysis available as a pdf.


The University Budget Committee held its inaugural meeting on December 6. The committee discussed the committee charter and charge for 2022-2023 and reviewed the university's revenues, expenditures, and budget process. This committee serves as a central university advisory committee intended to broaden the perspectives involved in shaping Western's budgeting processes, providing an institutional viewpoint to President Randhawa. The next meeting of the UBC is January 11th and we will have additional information and resources posted on our website. Check back soon!


The first phase of the 2022-2023 Strategic Budgeting process is complete with 68 budget proposal abstracts submitted for the October 20th deadline. The abstracts will be reviewed by leaders representing all areas of the university who will meet to collaborate on feedback for authors. Feedback will be distributed to the divisions with follow up determined by internal processes. To learn more about the process and timeline, visit the WWU Operating Budget webpage.


Western launched the 2022-2023 Strategic Budgeting cycle with the Fall Strategic Budgeting Forum. Updated information about this year's process and materials are available on our WWU Budget webpage.


Western submitted its 2023-2025 Biennial Operating Budget Request to the state's Office of Fiscal Management for consideration during the state's 2023 budget cycle.  For more information about the state's budgeting cycle, please visit our State Budget webpage.


The Spring 2022 Strategic Budgeting Forum presentation on May 18,2022 provided a summary of the 2021-2022 Strategic Budgeting process and recommendations.