University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan visited Sheridan on Friday. The tough economy has had very little impact on capital projects on campus. Buchanan says that most current capital projects were funded in the budget cycle prior to the recession. However, the school was able to make the cuts requested by Governor Dave Freudenthal last spring. Buchanan says the school has asked for the same amount of funding for the next budget cycle.
There are two capital projects that the University may have to fund through revenue bonds. They will ask the state legislature to approve the bonds during the budget session due to start in February.
The University of Wyoming has also not seen the record growth in enrollments that we’ve seen at Sheridan College. In fact enrollments are only up 3 or 4% this fall. One of the ongoing projects for the University involves upgrades to student housing to accommodate growth in the student population.