Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Study: Budget Cuts Is A Top Factor In Declining Faculty Morale At UW-Madison - Ross Terrell, Wisconsin Public Radio

The survey, conducted by the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute at UW-Madison, found about 91 percent of faculty said budget cuts had some impact on their enthusiasm. Jennifer Sheridan, executive director of the institute, said this was the first time the survey asked about the budget's impact on morale. New policy changes on how the campus deals with hostile work environments prompted the institute to ask faculty members about the work environment, she said. "That issue of decreased funding for the university and the pressures it's putting on faculty seems to be probably the top concern that came out in the survey," Sheridan said. http://www.wpr.org/study-budget-cuts-top-factor-declining-faculty-morale-uw-madison

Top state college programs risk getting slashed due to proposed budget cuts - News 4 Jacksonville

Florida state colleges face more than $50 million in budget cuts proposed by state lawmakers in the House and Senate. College presidents estimate tens of thousands of students statewide could be affected. “It just wouldn't set people up well and people might get overwhelmed,” said Dr. Cynthia Bioteau, president of Florida State College at Jacksonville. “And a lot of people do use the tutoring resources that are here at TCC.” The cuts could reduce the number and quality of remedial education services such as tutoring -- a service some students need to succeed. “It's not that the services will go away,” said Delaney Stoner, a student at Tallahassee Community College. “They just won't be as readily available, and in fact, they will be group services as opposed to individual services.” http://www.news4jax.com/news/top-state-college-programs-risk-getting-slashed-due-to-proposed-budget-cuts

U Oregon cutting 31 jobs, including 21 instructors from its largest college - Dylan Darling, The (Eugene) Register-Guard

The largest college within the University of Oregon is cutting 31 jobs, primarily instructors of humanities courses with declining interest from students. The UO’s College of Arts and Sciences plans to cut 21 nontenure track faculty and 10 staff workers, Arts and Sciences Dean Andrew Marcus said Thursday. The faculty and staff will finish the school year, and the UO will not renew their contracts. Most of the job cuts will be of language instructors, both foreign language and English-as-a-second language, and other faculty in the college’s humanities division, Marcus said. He said humanities classes have drawn fewer students in recent years. http://www.nrtoday.com/uo-cutting-jobs-including-instructors-from-its-largest-college/article_0e45e389-69e5-5a07-a2af-4c9c0db38205.html

Monday, April 24, 2017

Duquesne Closes Its University Press Due to Budget Cuts - Associated Press

The financially ailing Duquesne University Press is shutting down after 90 years. Press Director Susan Wadsworth-Booth tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2oJieKU ) that operations will wind down over the coming months. The press has published scholarly books since 1927. Duquesne University officials say the publisher was operating at a deficit and could not be supported without taking resources from school programs. Officials say they explored ways to save the operation but were unsuccessful. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/pennsylvania/articles/2017-04-07/duquesne-closes-its-university-press-due-to-budget-cuts

Wright State announces immediate budget cuts - Associated Press

Wright State University's interim leader has announced a list of immediate budget cuts. Interim President Curtis McCray made the emergency announcement Friday. McCray listed 11 cuts that included stopping construction projects, overnight travel and paid personal memberships. The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/2oNMy70 ) reports that McCray said that those in charge of university budgets should be punished for spending more than budgeted. University Financial Committee Chairman Doug Fecher says the southwest Ohio school has no choice but to make cuts. Jeff Ulliman, Vice President of Business and Finance, says employee furloughs could be used if absolutely necessary. http://www.10tv.com/article/wright-state-announces-immediate-budget-cuts

SUNY New Paltz facing $4 million budget deficit - AriƩl Zangla, Daily Freeman

SUNY New Paltz is facing a projected $4 million deficit in its current budget, which the college plans to cover with its cash reserves. At the same time, the college has notified about half of its adjunct professors that they may not be invited back to teach in the fall. College spokeswoman Chrissie Williams said “this is a way of helping the institution plan effectively in how we allocate our finite resources.” Michele Halstead, vice president for administration and finance at SUNY New Paltz, said she and college President Donald Christian reported in mid-February that the college faces a projected $4 million budget deficit for the current fiscal year. “The deficit stems from increased expenditure needs, such as the minimum wage increase and other mandates, coupled with no new revenue,” Halstead said in a statement. http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-news/20170408/suny-new-paltz-facing-4-million-budget-deficit

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Budget trouble at the University of Montana has long term consequences - KEILA SZPALLER keila, Missoulian

In recent years, UM's budget has taken hits since enrollment has fallen, and some students and faculty have denounced departmental cuts – and warned against them. But actual cuts aren't the only problem. Departments that have long been acclaimed are feeling the consequences of losses from attrition and a freeze that requires the UM president's approval on any new hires. In the history department, the number of faculty is roughly the same as it was when Mayer first was hired in 1988, some 13 bodies, with one person splitting time with another sector, according to Mayer and department Chairman Robert Greene. But as faculty members retire and the department remains unable to fill positions, enormous gaps in expertise have emerged. http://missoulian.com/news/local/budget-trouble-at-the-university-of-montana-has-long-term/article_7d78c21d-c597-568f-88f4-157ee3c6815c.html

Senate budget bill includes deep cuts to school, university funding - Matt Buxton, News Miner

The Senate on Monday rolled out 5 percent cuts to K-12 schools and the University of Alaska. The move cut $69 million from the per-student funding formula for K-12 schools and about $22 million from University of Alaska funding. The University of Alaska cuts were called "devastating" by UA President Jim Johnsen. The university's Board of Regents will hold a special meeting next week to address the situation. http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/senate-budget-bill-includes-deep-cuts-to-school-university-funding/article_81f5fb8c-1bd3-11e7-be54-d7ad4930406d.html

Merging Colleges To Cut Costs And Still Boost Graduation Rates - Sophie Quinton, Huffington Post

Students who apply to Georgia State University no longer receive a rejection letter if they don’t get in. Instead, they’re invited to enroll in Georgia State’s Perimeter College — the former community college that was absorbed by the Atlanta university last year. Now that the two schools are one, students who attend classes on one of the five Perimeter College campuses can easily transition to complete a four-year degree at the university. Georgia State expanded its system for advising and tracking students to Perimeter College and used money saved through the merger to hire more people to counsel them. In just a year since the schools consolidated, the graduation rate for first-time, full-time students in two-year programs at the college doubled, from 6 to 12 percent. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/merging-colleges-to-cut-costs-and-still-boost-graduation_us_58dbebeee4b0487a198a566d

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Proposed cuts to SIU University Press make closure ‘a very valid fear,’ director says - MARNIE LEONARD, Daily Egyptian

The University Press is now at risk of losing all of its state funding. It is one of 15 centers or initiatives SIU’s non-instructional prioritization committee, which was appointed by interim Chancellor Brad Colwell, suggested could become self-supporting with the goal of eliminating state funding by 2022. This is expected to save the university $5.5 million over the course of five years. The Daily Egyptian is publishing a series of stories to examine the effect those proposed cuts would have on the university community. This is the ninth in the series. http://dailyegyptian.com/68219/news/proposed-cuts-university-press-make-closure-valid-fear-director-says/

Friday, April 21, 2017

Senate Budget Slams Texas’s Colleges and Universities - R.G. Ratcliffe, Texas Monthly

Someday in the future, it’s possible that the doctor you might want to repair your heart or deliver your baby or just simply tell you to live a healthier lifestyle may not be there, because the young man or woman who was eager to become a doctor never got that opportunity. Because of state budget cuts offered by the Texas Senate, at least one state medical school already has closed its doors to about fifty potential members of the class of 2021. Such is the impact that proposed budget reductions could have on Texas’s colleges and universities. “We are committed to work closely with the state legislature, and while we will not know the final outcome before the end of the regular session on Mary 29, 2017, we must prepared today, based on the current budget proposals,” wrote Carrie L. Byington, vice chancellor for health services at Texas A&M University in a letter to the students http://www.texasmonthly.com/burka-blog/senate-budget-slams-texass-colleges-universities/

UO cutting 31 jobs, including 21 instructors from its largest college - Dylan Darling, Register-Guard

The largest college within the University of Oregon is cutting 31 jobs, primarily instructors of humanities courses with declining interest from students. The UO’s College of Arts and Sciences plans to cut 21 nontenure track faculty and 10 staff workers, Arts and Sciences Dean Andrew Marcus said Thursday. The faculty and staff will finish the school year, and the UO will not renew their contracts. Most of the job cuts will be of language instructors, both foreign language and English-as-a-second language, and other faculty in the college’s humanities division, Marcus said. He said humanities classes have drawn fewer students in recent years. http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/35456475-75/uo-cutting-31-jobs-including-21-instructors-from-its-largest-college.html.csp

Families scramble as Richland closes child care center - RYAN VOYLES, Herald & Review

Richland Community College officials blamed budget pressures Wednesday for the upcoming closure of the college's child care center, slated for May 19. The move could cause headaches for dozens of families that have come to rely on the Adele P. Glenn Early Childhood Education Center since it opened in 2009. It comes as part of Richland administrators' efforts to address a $2.6 million loss in revenue over the past two years. Much of it has been blamed on a decline in enrollment and money coming in from local property taxes, as well as the lack of a state budget for nearly two years. http://herald-review.com/news/local/education/families-seek-other-options-as-richland-closes-child-care-center/article_589c3879-2ec8-5604-8054-65589e69def3.html

Thursday, April 20, 2017

UW-Madison worklife survey finds budget cuts shook morale of 91% of faculty - PAT SCHNEIDER, The Capital Times

Morale among faculty at UW-Madison was shaken in 2015 over budget cuts, according to a survey by the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute. Just over 91 percent of respondents said that budget cuts – as UW-Madison tightened its belt to reflect a $250 million cut in state funding to the UW-System in the 2015-2017 budget – decreased their enthusiasm for working at the school. Spending cuts had a significantly more negative impact on faculty’s enthusiasm for working at UW-Madison than did modifications to tenure in the UW System, another controversial change to working conditions. http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/education/university/uw-madison-worklife-survey-finds-budget-cuts-shook-morale-of/article_72e12f52-748b-5a40-a175-528c16798057.html

TOPS again a target in Louisiana session, budget negotiation - Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press

Louisiana lawmakers, struggling with persistent budget shortfalls, are again looking to restructure the TOPS college tuition program to lessen state costs. Proposals include boosting the grade point average required to get the award or steering more of the money to needy students. Another measure would require students who receive TOPS to work in Louisiana after college or repay some money spent on their tuition. This year, for the first time, lawmakers didn't fully fund TOPS, instead covering only 70 percent of tuition costs for eligible students. Next year's budget proposal starts off with the same financing plan, proposing $209 million for TOPS and giving students across the board less than their full tuition coverage. http://www.chron.com/news/education/article/TOPS-again-a-target-in-Louisiana-session-budget-11055614.php

Budget Cuts Reverberate Across Campus - Sophie Pollock, Associated Press

For the first time in over 20 years, Santa Clara had a $4.5 million net operating loss in its overall operating budget. The College of Arts and Sciences had their operating budget cut by 6.7 percent—a total of $137,000—according to Debbie Tahmassebi, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Leavey School of Business now has an operating budget of zero, meaning there is no budget surplus and they have very little spending flexibility. Various departments are also expected to pull from their gift funds, according to William Sundstrom, an economics professor and the Faculty Senate president-elect. http://thesantaclara.org/budget-cuts-reverberate-across-campus/

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Portland State University eyes 9 percent tuition hike, $9 million in cuts - Andrew Theen, the Oregonian

Portland State University trustees will consider raising tuition by nearly 9 percent this fall for in-state undergraduate students, a preview of a painful year that probably will include significant staff cuts at the downtown campus. Administrators outlined the economic realities Wednesday during a finance committee meeting. They said they needed $11 million in new tuition revenue to help plug a projected $20 million budget shortfall, and would find the remaining $9 million through cuts from yet-to-be-determined sources. Some university staffers said the administration will look at "targeted personnel reductions" to make the budget a reality. http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2017/04/portland_state_university_eyes.html

University of Missouri laying off 25 employees to save about $1.7 million - Mara Rose Williams, Kansas City Star

In an effort to cut $40 million in state funding and proposed funding cuts, the University of Missouri is eliminating about 25 jobs. All the jobs lost will come from the university’s division of operations and impact people at the administrative level, but “this does not mean there will not be additional cuts like this in the future,” said MU spokesman Christian Basi. MU will lay off 20 administrative employees effective July 1. Five other employees are retiring and those jobs will not be filled. http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article143088654.html

Possible budget slash could be detrimental to University research - Luke Cooper, Daily Illini

The National Science Foundation a federal agency serving to “advance the progress of science,” is one of the University’s largest sources for research funding. In the 2015 fiscal year, the University reported that the foundation provided $132 million of funding for school research, which is more than any other federal agency. The financial plans for the NSF in the Trump administration’s 62-page blueprint is unclear. The document makes no reference to the agency, although the NSF could be associated with a vague single line which says “other agencies.” The unknown agencies that constitute this clause are subject to a 10 percent cut in their previous funding for 2017. With the amount of funding received by the University, a 10 percent slash to the agency’s $7.5 billion portfolio could be detrimental to the school’s research across many scientific fields. http://dailyillini.com/news/2017/04/06/possible-budget-slash-detrimental-university-research/

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Florida colleges decry budget cuts - Lloyd Dunkleberger, News Service of Florida

As the House and Senate prepare to take up their budget plans next week, state college leaders and students said Thursday the proposals contain unsustainable cuts for the 28-college system. The Senate budget includes a $55 million reduction in remedial education funding and suspends $30 million in performance funding for the colleges. The House cuts $9.9 million, representing money the colleges now use to pay for personnel in their foundations, and imposes a one-time, $63 million reduction to the colleges' reserve funds. “We cannot sustain any of those cuts,” said Cynthia Bioteau, president of the Florida State College at Jacksonville. http://www.news4jax.com/education/colleges-decry-budget-cuts

Facing Budget Shortfall, Northeastern Illinois University Cancels Classes for 3 Days - WMAQ

Northeastern Illinois University will cancel classes for three days in April and May in a cost-cutting effort during the state’s budget crisis, the school announced Wednesday. The cancellations will take place on April 11, 12 and May 1, NEIU said in a release. The shutdown came less than a month after the school implemented a weeklong furlough program that impacted around 10,000 students and 1,100 employees university-wide over spring break. More than 1,100 to “For Northeastern, this is a state of emergency,” said interim President Richard J. Helldobler. “When we decided to implement furloughs during the five days of spring break, we did so with the intention of avoiding any impact on instruction even though we knew it could be problematic to our accreditation and licensure requirements. With these additional furlough days, we are now forced to cancel classes, which not only affects instruction but also critical core knowledge delivered by our highly qualified faculty.” http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/northeastern-illinois-university-furlough-budget-418455983.html