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.

FY 2023-24 WWU Operating Budget Approved

Western's Board of Trustees approved the FY 2023-2024 State Operating Budget for the university. The State Operating Budget is the product of Western's 2023-25 Biennium Operating Budget Request to the State, tuition rate increases, and strategic budget priorities and adjustments. To view the requests for FY2023-24 tuition, mandatory fees, and Operating Budget, view the archived supporting documents for the June 9, 2023 Board of Trustees meeting.

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


On May 18th, WWU President Sabah Randhawa and the President's Cabinet hosted the Spring Strategic Budgeting Forum, in partnership with the Strategy, Management & Budget office. A video of the forum and presentation slides are available for review for people who missed the forum.

The goal of each Strategic Budgeting Forum is to bring clarity and transparency to the university budgeting process, including an understanding of the different funding sources and timelines Western operates within, and how the budget proposal process interacts with and informs the budget.


Recordings from the March 30th and March 31st Budget Forums are available for those who were unable to attend as well as a copy of the presentation slides. If you need to access to the presentation videos in another format, please contact SMB@wwu.edu.

We have also posted several questions that were posed during the forums in the FAQ section of our Short-term Savings Strategies webpage.



SMB has summarized the newly released Senate and House budget proposals for the 2023-2025 biennium. A comparison of the proposals from the Governor, Senate, and House and the outcomes for Western is available on our 2023-25 State Biennium Budget Proposals webpage.

To learn more about how the state's budget is developed, visit our State Operating Budget webpage.


President Randhawa sent a budget message to the university community on March 9th that addressed the fiscal challenges that Western currently faces. The university is responding to these challenges with a set of short-term strategies effective immediately and 3% base budget reductions for all divisions effective July 1.

Information about these strategies and FAQs are available on the Short-Term Savings Strategies webpage.


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.