Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Grim proposed Athabasca University budget to be shown faculty today projects insolvency by 2017-2018 - DAVID J. CLIMENHAGA, Rabble

Athabasca University Interim President Peter MacKinnon will present a grim proposed three-year budget this morning to the institution's General Faculties Council that projects growing deficits and financial insolvency by the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The budget was drafted after NDP Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt directed MacKinnon in March not to submit the distance university administration's first draft budget, which would have involved staff and faculty layoffs, with heavy impacts on the economy of the Town of Athabasca, 130 kilometres north of Edmonton. http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/djclimenhaga/2016/07/grim-proposed-athabasca-university-budget-to-be-shown-faculty-to

State budget cuts UNC funding, freezes tuition - COLE STANLEY AND JAMIE GWALTNEY, Daily Tarheel

The state budget, passed on July 14, included changes impacting the UNC system. Policy in the budget created an in-state tuition freeze for all schools in the system, creating a guaranteed amount for all four years. The budget also instituted a three percent cap on student fees. By requiring the UNC system to re-report its expenditures, the legislature was able to use a mechanism called flexibility cuts to re-appropriate almost one billion dollars less than the UNC system previously received. “What that means in practice is that each agency, in this case the University, gives an expense report to the state, their needs are re-evaluated and then the money is appropriated back out. It’s not a bad system when it’s done responsibly,” said N.C. Congressperson Verla Insko, D-Orange. “The problem here is that they have gone too far — they haven’t stopped at being fiscally responsible, they’ve depleted the revenue stream while at the same time determining that the (University) system doesn’t need as much money as it’s been getting.” http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2016/07/state-budget-cuts-unc-funding-freezes-tuition

Situation dismal, Parkland trustees are told - Tom Kacich, News-Gazette

State funding is down, enrollment is dropping, next year's proposed budget is more than $4 million in the red and Parkland College's cash balance is half of what it was a year ago. The community college got $1.8 million from the six-month, stopgap budget that state legislators approved last month, Parkland President Tom Ramage said. But that's $700,000 short of the $2.5 million the college is budgeting for state revenue this fiscal year — and the $2.5 million is half of what Parkland got in state funding two years ago, he said. "We're hoping for that $700,000, but it's only a hope, and we won't know anything until next January at the earliest," Ramage conceded. Fall's head count is projected to be down 7.9 percent, she said, down 8.6 percent in full-time equivalent enrollment. "And we're not alone in those deficits," she said. "Last week most of the other Illinois community colleges reported deficits of 3.3 percent to 12 percent." http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2016-07-20/situation-dismal-parkland-trustees-are-told.html

Monday, July 25, 2016

4 percent state budget cuts could affect UTA funding - Matt Fulkerson, The Shorthorn

It’s too soon to tell if a request from lawmakers for state agencies to decrease budgets will affect UTA’s budget. In June, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker of the House Joe Strauss authored a letter to agencies requesting they lower budget requests in the upcoming 2018-19 budget cycle by 4 percent. Higher education is not included in the letter’s list of agencies exempt from the cut. “As the starting point for budget deliberations, we are requiring each agency to trim four percent from their base appropriation levels,” the letter stated. To date, university administration has not received any information regarding how, or if, the requested cuts could affect UTA’s funding, university spokeswoman Bridget Lewis said. http://www.theshorthorn.com/news/state-budget-cuts-could-affect-uta-funding/article_a7d380c0-4ddb-11e6-b6f0-8775a17e9721.html

State funding cuts during the recession still shortchanging Cal State students - Rosanna Xia, LA Times

State budget cuts have left California State University with about 19% less in funding to spend per student compared with pre-recession years — compromising efforts to fully address student needs, university officials said. The state spends about $7,858 per full-time student, compared with $9,686 in 2007-2008, adjusted for inflation, Assistant Vice Chancellor Ryan Storm told the Board of Trustees at a meeting Tuesday in Long Beach. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-cal-state-executive-compensation-20160719-snap-story.html

WSU President Schulz's criticism of university budget right on track - ALYSEN BOSTON, Daily Evergreen

Although campus is growing, over the last two years the university is spending more than it’s bringing in. WSU President Kirk Schulz announced his intentions to reform the university’s budget process in a newsletter released at the end of May. His statement is a positive step for the university and its new president — and it’s a no brainer that the university’s deficit spending needs to be addressed. He cited reserve spending on construction projects without clearly identified funding as a chief concern and called for the reintroduction of a formalized budget process. Joan King, chief university budget officer, said Schulz’s statement is more about getting the university’s ducks in a row than criticizing WSU’s process. http://www.dailyevergreen.com/opinion/article_d36ef54e-4d12-11e6-ae94-b710bbdb7e95.html

Sunday, July 24, 2016

North Dakota agencies propose cuts to staff, other areas to meet 90 percent budget mandate - Mike Nowatzki, Forum News

In the state auditor’s office, where 89 percent of the budget is tied up in salaries, State Auditor Robert R. Peterson said he proposed eliminating four of the six auditor positions that lawmakers shifted to his office from the North Dakota University System last year. Peterson said the cuts mean two auditors will lose their jobs and audits of the North Dakota University System will take longer, but the office has other mandates that must be met. “This was the least painful choice,” he said. Two of the four positions are currently unfilled, having been held vacant to meet the across-the-board cuts of 4.05 percent ordered by Dalrymple in February after a revised revenue forecast projected a $1.07 billion shortfall for the current biennium. http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/north-dakota-agencies-propose-cuts-to-staff-other-areas-to/article_b0586351-9163-5c47-96f1-9e043bedec76.html

Green River College cuts four programs, seven spared - HEIDI SANDERS, Kent Reporter

The administration of Green River College has eliminated four programs while sparing seven others that had been on the chopping block, college officials announced last week. In May, the college notified faculty in 11 programs of the potential cuts to help close a budget gap. Faculty had 30 days to come up with ways to save money or increase enrollment in their programs. After faculty presentations last month, administrators eliminated German, French, the Montessori track of early childhood education and study skills. Business technology evening courses at the Kent Station campus, fingerprinting certification, design drafting, drama, parent-child education, geography and occupational therapy assistant will continue at the Auburn-based college. http://www.kentreporter.com/news/387356551.html

Ed Dept outlines year-in-review for costs, outcomes - Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

A recent report from the U.S. Department of Education shows costs for first-time freshmen increased 4% for public and private non-profit institutions, while for-profit costs decreased by less than 1% between 2013 and 2015. Colleges and universities enrolled more than 27 million students, including 3.8 million graduate students, according to a 12-month headcount. There are more than 5,000 four-year and two-year institutions across the United States. http://www.educationdive.com/news/ed-dept-outlines-year-in-review-for-costs-outcomes/422751/

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Why turnover is growing in the college presidency - Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Pressure from internal and external stakeholders and fundraising demands are forcing high turnover numbers in college presidencies. However, a report from the American Council on Education reveals that fewer than one-third of sitting provosts have interest in becoming a college president. The Washington Post suggests college presidents prioritize vision, strategic communication and attention to data as tenets of the profession. http://www.educationdive.com/news/why-turnover-is-growing-in-the-college-presidency/422772/

Survey: College business officers say higher ed in crisis - Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

A survey conducted by Inside Higher Ed found a majority of college business officials agree higher education is in financial crisis, with a bleak outlook for the next 10 years. More than 80% of business officers believe institutions must be more innovative and cost-conscious about academic offerings. More than half of survey respondents indicated faculty do not play a significant role in major budgeting decisions. http://www.educationdive.com/news/survey-college-business-officers-say-higher-ed-in-crisis/422779/

When a 40% Raise Is Just Getting Started - Maxine Joselow, Inside Higher Ed

The University of Memphis has proposed a 40 percent increase in minimum adjunct pay, from $1,500 to $2,100 per three-credit-hour course. This marks the first pay raise for adjuncts at the university in three decades. Yet as adjuncts at other universities are winning contracts with minimums more than three times higher, progress may not mean that adjuncts at the University of Memphis will be taking home a decent wage. Administrators and professors have hailed the move as a long-overdue step toward ensuring equitable treatment for adjuncts. But some say the situation at the University of Memphis highlights the fact that adjuncts can often go decades without raises -- especially if they don’t unionize and negotiate better contracts. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/07/14/university-memphis-boosts-adjunct-pay-it-remains-low

Friday, July 22, 2016

New Mexico State University Outlines Budget Cuts - SAMANTHA SONNER, KRWG

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents reviewed budget cuts today presented by Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers. NMSU is making more than $12 million dollars in cuts following reductions in state funding, a refusal by the Board of Regents to increase tuition, and declines in enrollment. The University will eliminate 37 jobs…and 89 open positions. Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers said some may be transferred to other appropriate positions. Of the 37…three are faculty and 34 are staff members. http://krwg.org/post/new-mexico-state-university-outlines-budget-cuts

The job nobody can seem to keep: college president - Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post

In the past year, there have been several high-profile resignations or firings: R. Bowen Loftin at the University of Missouri, Tom Rochon at Ithaca College, Simon Newman at Mount St. Mary’s, Phyllis Wise at the University of Illinois, to name just a few. And like Theobald, many of them didn’t last very long in their jobs. What also makes these departures problematic is that the traditional pipeline to the presidency is running dry. Just 30 percent of sitting provosts want to become presidents, according to the American Council on Education. And this finding comes just when many presidents are expected to retire. The average age of college presidents is 61 (compared with 56 for the typical corporate CEO). Nearly six in 10 presidents are 61 or older, a proportion that has grown in recent years. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/07/15/the-job-nobody-can-seem-to-keep-college-president/

Tuition increases at 3 WV community colleges rejected - Jake Jarvis, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The board that oversees West Virginia’s community and technical colleges rejected large tuition increases for three schools Friday, forcing the schools to reconsider their budgets more than two weeks after the start of the fiscal year. Members of the Council for Community and Technical Colleges approved only two of five requests to increase tuition more than 5 percent at their regular meeting at BridgeValley Community and Technical College, in South Charleston. Some colleges had asked for increases of more than 10 percent. State Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette, a member of the council, lambasted community college administrators for relying too much on tuition increases to fix their budget woes. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/dm-news-education/20160715/tuition-increases-at-3-wv-community-colleges-rejected

Thursday, July 21, 2016

UW President Has Been Thrust Into Budget Cutting Mode - BOB BECK, Wyoming Public Media

Wyoming President Laurie Nichols started her job on a Monday, the Monday after the Friday when Governor Matt Mead told the UW trustees that they must whack an additional $35 million from the University budget. The state’s fiscal downturn has led to a $41 million cut from the UW budget. Needless to say it’s been a stressful time. http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-president-has-been-thrust-budget-cutting-mode

SIU board briefed on state budget picture - DAN PETRELLA, the Southern

Stopgap funding the state approved last month hasn’t ended ongoing budget worries, Southern Illinois University leaders told the board of trustees at a meeting Thursday at the system’s medical school in Springfield. Speaking after the meeting, SIU President Dunn said the university system has decided to apply all the state money it has received thus far to expenses from the 2015-16 school year and to continue urging lawmakers to provide adequate funding for the full 2016-17 school year. http://thesouthern.com/news/local/siu/siu-board-briefed-on-state-budget-picture/article_e7ecc0d3-d4c7-5352-983b-eac541e370ac.html

Top GW University officials talk budget, position cuts at staff town hall - Ellie Smith, GW Hatchet

About 40 staff members met in Duques Hall Wednesday evening to learn more about recent budget cuts from top officials and to raise their concerns about recent position eliminations. Provost Forrest Maltzman and Deputy Vice President and Treasurer Ann McCorvey presented how shifts in student enrollment have affected the University’s finances and their plans to cut costs this fiscal year. The GW Staff Association held the town hall meeting in response to the elimination of about 40 staff positions last month. In December, University President Steven Knapp called on all administrative units to make 3 to 5 percent budget cuts each fiscal year until 2021. http://blogs.gwhatchet.com/newsroom/2016/07/14/top-officials-talk-budget-position-eliminations-at-staff-town-hall/

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

University leaders say stopgap budget only a step - DAN PETRELLA, Herald and Review

Despite the infusion of cash, the SIU Carbondale campus has announced nearly $21 million in permanent budget cuts, including laying off some employees and leaving more than 150 positions unfilled, Chancellor Brad Colwell said. Speaking after the meeting, Dunn said the university system has decided to apply all the state money it has received thus far to expenses from the 2015-16 school year. Eastern Illinois University will have to continue to remain sparing with expenditures into the fall semester, but a need for further layoffs is unlikely in the near future with the assistance of recent state funding. EIU President David Glassman said because of the latest state appropriation geared toward assisting higher education, he does not anticipate additional "major cuts in EIU's personnel." http://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/university-leaders-say-stopgap-budget-only-a-step/article_8cb25110-8e88-5cf3-b2f7-b1ef4076918b.html

For-Profit College Sector Continues to Shrink - Inside Higher Ed

The number of for-profit postsecondary institutions and the number of students they enroll are continuing to wither, according to data released by the U.S. Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics on Thursday. In a new report, the center said that the number of for-profit colleges eligible to award federal financial aid fell to 3,265 last fall, down from 3,436 in fall 2014, a decline of 5 percent. The number of public institutions grew by one and the number of private nonprofit colleges grew by 26 over that year (from 1,883 to 1,909). https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/07/15/profit-college-sector-continues-shrink

Foundering Finances, the Faculty Role: a Survey of Business Officers - Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed

College and university chief business officers increasingly agree higher education is in a financial crisis, yet many are divided over the role a key constituency on campus should play as institutions grapple with budget issues: their faculty members. Those are major findings in Inside Higher Ed’s 2016 Survey of College and University Business Officers, the sixth such study. The survey, conducted by Gallup, drew responses from chief business officials at 386 public and private institutions among the more than 2,700 administrators invited to participate. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed, 63 percent, said they felt media reports suggesting a financial crisis accurately reflect the general higher education landscape. Last year, just 56 percent of respondents agreed. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/survey/foundering-finances-faculty-role-survey-business-officers