Friday, May 24, 2019

University of Missouri reworks budget model - Rudi Keller, Columbia Tribune

The University of Missouri unveiled a new plan Tuesday for budgeting on the Columbia campus but the actual impact on any division or academic unit won’t be known until a meeting set for Wednesday morning. Under the plan, academic units would receive 70 percent of tuition and fees paid by undergraduates and all the tuition and fees paid by graduate students. At the end of each year, however, 10 percent of any surplus would be returned to the campus general fund for use in other areas.

Apple CEO Tim Cook: You don't need a degree to code mobile apps - Liam Tung, ZDNet

To lead Apple you could need a degree. But to sell apps on the App Store you certainly don't, says Tim Cook. Computer-science graduates in the US can expect to pay over $100,000 to get an education and a piece of paper that says they've completed a bachelor's degree. But can that paper say anything about their proficiency at coding? Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak didn't have degrees when they launched what has become one of the most valuable companies in the world. And now Apple CEO Tim Cook is spreading the word that would-be programmers really don't need the endorsement of a university to be able to create something of commercial value, such as an app for the Apple App Store.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

‘Unprecedented cut’: Proposed budget cuts hit arts and culture the hardest - Hannah Kanik, Daily Emerald

Proposed budget cuts are targeting arts and culture resources on campus disproportionately, sparking a reaction from the university senate. Provost Jaynath Banavar released his recommended budget cuts to address the budget crisis at the University of Oregon last Wednesday. Of the $11.6 million that must be cut from the university’s general fund budget, a total of 10 percent — or $1.2 million of the cuts are coming from museums, the Labor Education and Resource Center and the Oregon Bach festival.

Last week Falconetti reported that rather than being bundled with the college’s budget the appropriations for the Alexander Center ended up on a list of 14 proposed line items from state colleges that are vulnerable to veto. Much like her predecessor, Eileen Holden, did two years ago, Falconetti is appealing to the community for help. In an open letter published in The Ledger on Friday, Falconetti urged the community to contact the governor’s office to make sure DeSantis “understands the criticality of preserving the Lake Wales campus.” - Lakeland Ledger

Two years ago this month Angela Garcia Falconetti became Polk State College’s new president. And one of the first challenges to hit her was then-Gov. Rick Scott gutting $3 million from the college’s budget to operate the J.D. Alexander Center, Polk State’s satellite campus in Lake Wales, and the nearby Lake Wales Arts Center, which had been donated to Polk State. Last week Falconetti reported that rather than being bundled with the college’s budget the appropriations for the Alexander Center ended up on a list of 14 proposed line items from state colleges that are vulnerable to veto. Much like her predecessor, Eileen Holden, did two years ago, Falconetti is appealing to the community for help. In an open letter published in The Ledger on Friday, Falconetti urged the community to contact the governor’s office to make sure DeSantis “understands the criticality of preserving the Lake Wales campus.”

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Economic value of university measured; tax talks continue - DON WALTON, Lincoln Journal Star

Last week's report on the economic impact of the University of Nebraska in the state — $4.5 billion last year — is hard to ignore, although some elected officeholders and politicians undoubtedly will continue to choose to do so. "Some people in this body like to bash the university," Sen. John Stinner, the Legislature's Appropriations Committee chairman, said during debate shaping the 2019-2021 state budget last week. "Higher ed is a jewel for our state," Stinner said.

UMass students caught in middle of funding duel - Boston Herald

Another unfunded mandate or holding the line on the ever-escalating price of a college education? To the University of Massachusetts system, it’s unquestionably the former, while the Senate Ways and Means Committee stands firmly entrenched on the other side. The Senate, in its recently proposed $42.7 billion fiscal 2020 budget, recommended allocating $558 million for the operation of the five campuses, roughly the same figure contained in the spending plans of both the House and governor. That’s about $10.2 million less than what UMass President Marty Meehan says the system needs to prevent costs from rising in the next academic year. If that gap persists, Meehan says tuition will need to increase by 2.5% for in-state students to make up the difference.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Task force to study options to restructure University of Alaska Rod Boyce, News-Miner

The chairman of the University of Alaska board of regents will appoint a task force to study restructuring the university amid an uncertain funding future from Gov. Mike Dunleavy and state lawmakers. The regents' decision to authorize creation of the task force came at a special meeting Thursday in Anchorage. The UA budget was the subject of the meeting. Regents Chairman John Davies of Fairbanks said the governor and the Legislature have “strongly encouraged” the university to review its structure and to look for other ways to reduce its budget, according to a Friday news release from the university.

DSU faces 16 percent budget cut - Kayla Henson, Dickinson Press

Dickinson State University faces a 16% reduction in total funding for the 2019-21 biennium, but it's less of a cut than it faced last biennium. Thomas Mitzel, president of DSU, addressed the budget with university staff in a forum Tuesday. DSU's total funding has been reduced $3.8 million from last biennium, from $23,941,469 to $20,143,063. $2 million of last biennium's funding came from the university's reserve funds. Just over $4 million came from one-time funding.

Monday, May 20, 2019

UNM Athletics Dept. expects budget shortfall in 2020 fiscal year - UNM Athletics Dept. expects budget shortfall in 2020 fiscal year

With beach volleyball and three more sports off the roster, Lobo sports may not be performing at their financial peak next year. According to the Albuquerque Journal, the University of New Mexico Board of Regents will vote Thursday to approve budgets for all of the university's campuses and documents show the athletic department is expecting a nearly $1 million shortfall for the 2020 fiscal year. Now, the department is hoping for either a break on a years-old basketball renovation payment or to postpone its first payment toward a 10-year deficit reduction plan. UNM's Athletics Department has failed to meet the budget eight times over a 10-year period according to the Journal and it must also pay back the $4.7 million in debt to the university the department has accumulated.
University of Louisville to close employee gym, saving $1 million a year Chris Otts, WDRB Citing budget constraints, the University of Louisville will close Humana Gym, its employee fitness center, to save $1 million a year, the university said in a campus-wide message on Thursday. The university also laid off Patricia Benson, the director of its Get Healthy Now employee wellness program, and moved the program's other employees to the Human Resources department, U of L spokesman John Karman confirmed. The wellness program continues, Karman said.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

UMass President Martin Meehan slams Senate budget as ‘devastating’ - Shira Schoenberg, The Republican

Officials at the University of Massachusetts are warning that the state Senate’s proposed state budget would be “devastating” to the university and could result in layoffs, cuts to student services and cuts to financial aid. “This decision came with no warning or apparent effort to understand its impact on university finances,” wrote University of Massachusetts President Martin Meehan in a letter signed by the chancellors of the five UMass campuses. “It is a severe departure from long-standing practice and inconsistent with the Senate’s historic support for public higher education.”

USC considers deep cuts at social work school after revelations of gaping deficit - HARRIET RYAN and MATT HAMILTON, LA Times

The social work school at USC might lay off nearly half its staff and eliminate most of its part-time teaching positions. USC’s social work school, the largest in the world and one of the oldest in the nation, might be forced to lay off nearly half its staff and eliminate the vast majority of its part-time teaching positions following the revelations of severe budget problems that began under a former dean. Marilyn Flynn stepped down from her post at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work last year amid scrutiny of a $100,000 donation she had transferred through school coffers to a nonprofit controlled by the son of a powerful local politician, as The Times reported last year citing interviews and correspondence. The donation prompted an investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles that is ongoing.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Online Education, Beyond ‘Deans Gone Wild’- Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

Leaders of companies colleges hire to take academic programs online discuss their role, the scrutiny they're facing and why we should call them something other than OPMs. These are increasingly fraught times for the OPMs, with growing scrutiny from think tank analysts concerned about the corporate role in educational delivery and legislation in California that could limit the ability of such companies to operate in the state. The OPMs are also under attack from within their own ranks, as 2U's co-founder, John Katzman, who now runs Noodle, another online enabler, said of the ed-tech industry at another panel here last week: “At a lot of schools, online programs are 20 percent more expensive than their on-campus counterpart. We’ve effectively raised the cost of education. So, I have to ask, are we properly using taxpayers’ dollars?”

WKU considering $10 million more in budget cuts - AARON MUDD, BG Daily News

Expecting additional enrollment decline, Western Kentucky University is weighing a plan to cut $10,177,000 from its fiscal year 2020 budget – $3.4 million of which would come from the university’s academic colleges. The proposed cuts, on top of previous cuts of about $27 million, have WKU faculty “weary” of having to do more with less, according to the University Senate chairman. The new budget cut plan is a result of recommendations from two university committees, and it was introduced to WKU’s Board of Regents in agenda materials for the group’s second quarterly meeting Friday.

Friday, May 17, 2019

5 questions colleges should ask before engaging in a public-private partnership - Hallie Busta, Education Dive

Public-private partnerships (P3s), or the practice of sharing responsibility for providing a good or service with a for-profit company, are not new to higher education. Colleges have long outsourced elements such as food and laundry services, bookstores, custodial work and building construction. In recent years, however, those partnerships have expanded to include academics and other pieces of the student experience that traditionally have been closely held, including online education, recruitment and even immersive learning experiences.

To Scale Online and Save Small Schools, Higher Ed Takes a Page From K-12 - Michael B. Horn (Columnist) and Scott Lomas, EdSurge  

As online learning has grown in both higher education and K-12 schools, it has traditionally taken different pathways. But hundreds of small colleges and one company have an incentive to try and change that.Thanks to a new and growing effort by the College Consortium, a company that supports online course sharing between institutions, higher education is taking a page from K-12 education to help schools expand their course options for students. The company is allowing colleges to control already-shaky budgets in two ways: by holding the line on costs as participating schools can rely on faculty from other colleges and don’t have to hire additional ones, and by supporting the top line through revenue sharing among schools.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Podcast: Students feel the pain when for-profit colleges close Go to the profile of Dakota Pawlicki Dakota Pawlicki, Today's Student Tomorrow's Talent

Scott Jaschik, co-founder and editor at Inside Higher Ed, tells me that for-profit colleges have been hit by tighter regulation by creditors, the education department and state governments, which means they are losing easy access to federal aid. “Almost all for-profits are almost totally dependent on the aid the students receive from the federal government-both aid and loans,” he said. “When that money is halted or slowed, they don’t have the wherewithal to stay in business.” Jaschik said Massachusetts, which in the past year has seen several small nonprofit colleges announce plans to close, is considering legislation to require colleges to be up front if they think they might not survive.

Ontario student group issues report protesting education cuts, mandatory e-learning - Kristin Rushowy, the Star

Ontario students are opposed to bigger class sizes and mandatory online credits because such changes will harm achievement, says the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association, which is now calling on the Ford government to nix plans for both. The group, which advocates for the province’s 2 million students and consults extensively with them on an ongoing basis, says in a report to be released Monday that it “strongly recommends that the provincial government reverse its class size increases, and maintain within the (education grants) the 2018-19 class size average of 22 pupils in Grades 9-12.”

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

OU academic colleges asked to cut $19.3M from budgets - Conor Morris, Athens News

Individual academic colleges at Ohio University earlier this spring were given new budget targets to hit amid ongoing budget difficulties. In total, the Athens campus colleges will need to come up with roughly $19.3 million in budget reductions over the next four years. The biggest cuts over that time period are set to come from the College of Arts and Sciences, about $8 million, according to mid-April meeting minutes from OU’s Budget Planning Council (BPC).

SEMO enrollment declines after growth - Kennedy Meyer, Southeast Arrow

For the last four years, Southeast Missouri State University has experienced a decline in its number of students. It comes on the heels of 20 consecutive years of increased enrollment. There are a few things that have led to the decline in enrollment including lower birth rates, fewer high school graduates, and even a decline in community college enrollment, said Deborah Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success. Below noted students account for 61 % of the university's total revenue of $113,281,247 in FY19.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

State funding to universities could be more ‘fair’ with new formula - MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News

The record $7.1 billion education budget approved in the Alabama Senate on April 30, 2019, contains at least 5 percent increases for the state’s public four-year universities, but a formula to get more money to under-funded institutions met with some concern. “I represent an institution that feels like they were not made whole in the budget,” Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, said in a budget committee meeting last week.